Acer Griseum garden trees are beautiful slow growing trees with unusual exotic looking bark that provides a year-round attractive feature in the garden. It has dark red or chestnut coloured bark that peels back in almost translucent cinnamon-coloured curls that remain attached to the tree (hence the common name of Paper Bark Maple), to reveal new, smooth, orange-red bark beneath. The attractive trifoliate leaves are a bold green, turning a firework display of colours from pink to bright red before falling in the Autumn. It’s pale greeny-white flowers are small but followed by winged seeds often referred to as ‘helicopters’ due to the way they spin when falling.
Acer Griseum make a super, low maintenance addition to a garden ideally in a sheltered, partially shaded spot. They can look stunning as a central feature specimen tree to showcase its striking foliage and will shine as part of a more architectural planting scheme. Try underplanting with spring bulbs to create an early burst of colour to your garden, or with pale Grasses to contrast with the unusual bark.
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For best results with Acer Griseum (Paperbark Maple) garden trees plant them in moist but well drained soil. They will not thrive in soil that becomes waterlogged so add grit and well-rotted organic matter to clay soils before planting. Water regularly until they become established. Low maintenance, they require minimal pruning – simply remove any dead branches and trim lightly to maintain their elegant canopy shape.
How to grow Acer Griseum
Position: Partial shade, full sun, sheltered
Soil and site: Moist, well drained
Flowering time: Spring
Growth rate: Slow
Ultimate height and spread: To 10m, spread to 5 metres over 20+ years
Aftercare: Water well until established, avoiding soil becoming waterlogged. Remove any dead branches and prune very lightly to maintain shape