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Acer griseum exfoliating bark detail

Acer griseum - Paperbark Maple from Quackin Grass Nursery

Acer griseum

Paperbark Maple

Plant Type:


Acer griseum - The Paperbark Maple is a noteable smaller Maple with dark cinnamon brown exfoliating bark which is a draw all the year round. Good fall color is red. Slow growing and not messy its a good choice for a smaller property... just don't plant it too close to your home so the crown doesn't interfer with your roof when the tree grows up. Fertile ground in sun to mostly sunny exposure. Established potted Maple from seed.


20-30 ft


20-30 ft


5 to 7(8)
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Characteristics and Attributes for Acer griseum

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Exfoliating

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Specimen
  • Accent

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile
  • Draining


  • China

Propagated By

  • By Seed / Potted

Genus Overview: Acer

So many maples, so little time! There are an extraordinary number of very good species in Aceraceae, many of smaller stature that fit well in smaller landscapes and gardens of any size. Most have multi-season appeal and, indeed, these are the ones to which we at Quackin’ Grass Nursery gravitate. Most are content in fertile draining soils sited in full sun. Others are happier in the part sun conditions akin to the understory stature as suggested by their size. Through the years we have found that many maples when planted in the far northern end of the USDA hardiness range respond well to protection during at least their first winter - preferably more - in the landscape, i.e. use tall stakes set firmly in the ground with burlap attached completely barricading the tree. All of our maple offerings are cutting grown; these plants are not grafted.