Acer griseum

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Buy Acer griseum paper bark maple: Beautiful bark and spectacular autumn colour

This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position:full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A lovely, slow-growing, medium-sized tree, this maple is grown not only for its decorative bark, but also for its autumn foliage colour. The bark is the colour of cinnamon, and peels away naturally in thin layers, hence this tree’s common name, paper bark. The leaves are deeply cut and maple-like, and turn brilliant shades of orange and scarlet in autumn. Plant it in full view of your windows to enjoy the bark all year round.

  • Garden care: Add a top-dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the base of a recently planted tree in late spring and keep well watered. No routine pruning is necessary, but you can remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in mid winter when the plants are fully dormant. Avoid pruning at any other time of the year as Acers tend to 'bleed' sap if cut while they are actively growing.

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Eventual height & spread

I would like to plant an Acer Grisium in our open plan front garden which is about 5 m by 4m. I am reading in December Garden Illustrated that it can be grown as a multi stemmed tree, as a specimum plant in a smaller plot. I am gardening on clay but have incorporated lots of compost since moving in 2 years ago, so the soil is quite workable. Can you advise me on the suitability of this tree in this situation. The garden is North facing but gets afternoon sun. It can be windy and is a bit exposed. Many thanks for your help with this.


Hello, This is a beautiful tree, but if it is planted out in the garden, it will grow to around 10m tall and wide. It is true that it can be kept smaller by growing it in a really large pot, but in the long term it will be happier if allowed to spread. If space is an issue, then perhaps a smaller tree would be a better option - Amelanchier lamarckii would be a good option.


Creating a Winter Garden Dear Crocus I am wanting to create a " winter garden " area and fancy an Acer griseum as the central feature. I had thought of planting a Cornus Midwinter Fire and Bergenia 'Bressingham Ruby' to complement the scheme but I would welcome any other suggestions please. Many thanks Claire


Hello Claire, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering plants. I would definitely recommend hellebores and snowdrops, perhaps some Cyclamen and and Euonymus fortunei for foliage colour. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Is there an evergreen Acer? Could I just ask if there is an Acer that is not 'deciduous' but 'evergreen'?

Susan McGarragh

Sadly not as all Acers are deciduous.


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