Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
The Paperbark Maple is considered by many to be the most beautiful maple and is a favorite of municipal arborists throughout its range. It has an oval, upright, vase shape. Most specimens have multiple trunks which branch close to the ground, but with proper training when young it can have a single trunk.
This tree grows very slowly and grows best in partial shade if planted in the southern part of its territory. The Paperbark Maple has trifoliate leaves and wonderful orange to bronze, peeling papery bark which provides year round interest.. The bark begins peeling on the trunk and on 2 to 3 year old branches. It offers a vibrant, scarlet, autumn foliage making it a great tree when planted by a patio with lights illuminating it from below in the evening.