Virginia Tech Dendrology

paperbark maple Aceraceae Acer griseum (Franch.) Pax Listen to the Latin symbol: ACGR14
Leaf: Opposite, compound, trifoliate, 3 to 5 inches long, each leaflet coarsely toothed or lobed; green to bluish green above, woolly white beneath, petiole fuzzy.
Flower: Yellowish green, on hanging 1" long clusters, appearing in early spring.
Fruit: Double winged samara, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, samaras widely spread, velvety seed, reddish brown when ripe in early fall.
Twig: Slender, brown, lighter lenticels, buds dark brown, conical and sharp pointed.
Bark: Very unique, reddish, curling, exfoliating patches reveal a lighter tan or salmon color underneath, older stems may become roughened.
Form: Small tree, 20 to 30 feet in height; typically low branching with a rounded crown.
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Additional Range Information: Acer griseum is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson