Three-Flower Maple

Acer triflorum Sapindaceae

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

China, Manchuria, and Korea


Newman Meadow, Cornell Class of 1938 Native Maple Slope, Treman Woodland Walk, Conifer Slope

Source of plant

Iseli Nursery, Iseli Nursery, Arborvillage Farm Nursery, Peter Podaras


Tree reaching 10 m in height in its native habitat, usually much smaller in cultivation, the branches yellow-brown to orange-yellow, not peeling or only slightly so. Leaves trifoliate, 3-7 cm long, somewhat pubescent above and glaucous beneath, the leaflets obovate-lanceolate, margins entire tocoarsely dentate, veins pilose, petioles 3-5 cm long, somewhat pilose; fall color a striking golden-yellow and orange. Flowers held in 3-flowered fasciculate inflorescences appearing on short branchlets. Mature bark is ash-brown, vertically fissured and peeling in small floccose scales, never papery ason A. griseum.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

fall color, bark, winter interest