Noted for its ravishing exfoliating bark and showy fall color, award-winning Acer triflorum (Three-Flowered Maple) is a small deciduous tree that is a real treasure in the landscape. The light ash-brown bark on both its trunk and branches peels in vertical strips, revealing pale copper-brown wood beneath. Equally attractive is the foliage of trifoliate leaves. Green above, but gray-green underneath in spring and summer, it warms up to brilliant red and orange in the fall before shedding for the winter. Small clusters of yellow-green flowers appear in spring in clusters of three (hence the species and common names) but they are not showy. Densely branched with an upright, roundish habit, this slow-growing maple tree is an outstanding four-season tree that is enjoyed by gardeners as it graces the landscape. A must for those who appreciate winter bark interest!
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
- Grows up to 25-30 ft. tall and wide (7-9 m).
- A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acidic, well-drained soils. Intolerant of drought.
- Perfect as specimen plant in cottage gardens, city gardens or for foundation plantings.
- Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning. If pruning is necessary, prune during the dormant season and avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running.
- May be affected by horse chestnut scale, aphids, Verticillium wilt.
- Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings
- Native to Manchuria and Korea