October 01 2018

Paperbark Maple

The paperbark maple is one of the most graceful trees you will find. As it ages, its bark peels like paper—thus the name—to reveal fresh new bark. It’s as if the tree is forever young.

Classified scientifically as Acer griseum, this medium-sized maple is native to China and began to gain popularity in North America in the early 20th century. Paperbark maple holds a distinct beauty in winter, thanks to its rustic-colored bark. Of course, that is after a brilliant display of deep scarlet and/or burnt orange leaves in fall. Plant paperbark maple in full to partial sun and slightly acidic soil. It will not take much, other than time, to grow this ornamental tree to its maximum height of 25-30 feet.

Did You Know?
Not only does the bark on paperbark maple peel like paper, it also curls in the same fashion.

Other Fun Facts About Paperbark Maple

  • The layer of bark revealed after shedding creates a bright, rich contrast between old and new.
  • The undersides of paperbark maple leaves are gray.
  • Paperbark maple is one of the lowest-maintenance trees you will find.
  • Paperbark maple previously received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in England.