Acer triflorum - Three-flower Maple from Quackin Grass Nursery

Acer triflorum - Three-flower Maple in Autumn

Acer triflorum

Three-flower Maple

Plant Type:


Acer triflorum - This beautiful small-medium growing Three-flower Maple is, oh, so worthy of consideration. Dark green trifoliate leaves unfailingly have turned an exceptional saturated bright red in autumn though it is said that yellow to orange may also set up in some years. Its exfoliating, fissured bark is undeniably handsome, an almost wan gold to barely light gray. The attractive bark's tint reflects winter light and draws the eye. Autumn samaras are clearly those of a maple. As much as we like Acer griseum and we really like the Paperbark Maple we love Acer triflorum even more. Set in fertile, draining soil on the acid side of the Ph spectrum. Avoid lime. Established potted Three-flower Maple from cutting or seed.


20-30 ft


20-30 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Acer triflorum

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Exfoliating
  • Fissured

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Specimen
  • Alee

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Acid
  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • China

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown
  • 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.