Paperbark Maple
Leaf Characteristics
  • broad, flat
  • compound
  • pinnately compound
  • margins toothed
  • leaflets different in size and shape
Paperbark Maple
Fruit Characteristics
  • paired wings
  • wings 60 to 90 degrees apart
  • winged seed about 1" - 1.5" long
Paperbark Maple
Acer griseum

The Paperbark Maple is a native of China. It was introduced into this country about 1901. The bark of the tree is cinnamon to reddish-brown, paper-thin, and it peels trunk and branches in narrow strips. The leaves are brilliant orange-red in autumn, especially in the East. This tree is relatively free of diseases and insect pests. It grows well in well-drained soils that are either acid or alkaline. Landscapers plant the Paperbark Maple as an ornamental.

Tree Size height 20' - 30' Bark Twig and Buds