Paperbark Maple

Acer griseum Sapindaceae

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution



Treman Woodland Walk, Conifer Slope, Hillside Garden, Mullestein Winter Garden

Source of plant

Plantasia, Arborvillage Farm Nursery, Edgewood Nursery, Lake County Nursery Inc., Highland Botanical Park, John Vermeulen & Son Inc., Princeton Nurseries, Cornell Botanic Gardens


Plants 20-30' tall with spread equal to or 1/2 of height; can reach 40-50', but usually smaller in cultivation. Habit upright-oval or rounded. Young stems rich reddish-brown; older wood (1/2" diameter or greater) a beautiful cinnamon or red-brown as the bark exfoliates to expose these colors. Second year wood usually starts to exfoliate. Old trunks lose some of the exfoliating character, but retain the rich brown colors. Fall color bronze, russet-red or red; can be spectacular.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

bark, fall color, winter interest