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A modest grove set among the compact, evergreen mountain laurels, in organic, well-drained soil and full sun, would be a stirring sight in mid-winter. The Paperbark Maple grows rather slowly to a 30’-40’ tree with a rounded form. Its trifoliate leaves turn shades of burgundy, bronze and red in autumn.

It is pest and disease resistant and hardy in USDA Zones 4-8.
Paperbark Maple
Acer griseum

The Paperbark Maple combines beautifully with the Little leaf Laurels, eventually providing a high canopy of shade. The real beauty of the Paperbark Maple is most evident in winter when the low angle of the sun plays off the cinnamon colored, shredding bark of this splendid tree.