Acer griseum • Paperbark Maple

Acer • Maple •  カエデ • 楓 • kaede

Paperbark maple sits on the main path in Area C; its showy, cinnamon colored peeling bark makes this mature tree (45’+) easy to spot and people often ask about it (the leaves are not very maple-like). This tree will almost certainly be pointed out to you if you take the tour.


SJG • 7/8/12 – Acer griseum – Paperbark maple trunk, Area C, pic by Tony


SJG • 7/8/12 – Acer griseum – Paperbark maple LEAVES, Area C; pic by Tony

From wikipedia:   Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple; simplified Chinese: 血皮枫; traditional Chinese: 血皮楓; pinyin: xuè pí fēng) is a species of maple native to central China, in the provinces of Gansu, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Sichuan, at altitudes of 1,500–2,000 m.[…]

Paperbark Maple is widely grown as an ornamental plant in temperate regions. It is admired for its decorative exfoliating bark, translucent pieces of which often stay attached to the branches until worn away. It also has spectacular autumn foliage which can include red, orange and pink tones.  It was introduced to cultivation in Europe in 1901 by Ernest Henry Wilson for the Veitch Nurseries, and to North America shortly after. […]

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