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Acer griseum

Acer griseum (Franch.) Pax

 

Paperback Maple

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderSapindalesIncludes citrus; maples, horse-chestnuts, lychees and rambutans; mangos and cashews; frankincense and myrrh; mahogany and neem
FamilySapindaceaeSoapberry family
GenusAcerMaples
Speciesgriseum“Gray”

About plant names...

Paperbark maple is a native of central China. It is not found in the wild in North America, though it is sometimes planted in landscapes.

Identification: Trees are 20-30' (6.1-9.1 m) tall and up to 25' (7.6 m) wide. The peeling, papery bark is a standout characteristic of this species. It varies from cinnamon-colored to dark, almost purplish brown as it ages, leaving a patchwork of color gradations on the trunk and branches. Leaves are opposite, in groups of three, serrated, green on top, pale bluish-green or silvery below, 3-6" (7.6-15 cm) long × 1-2" (2.5-5 cm) wide. In the fall, they turn red/orange. Yellow-green, inconspicuous flowers appear in April. Fruits are winged samaras; each wing is about 1" (3 cm) long.

See this comparison table of members of the maple family.

Online References:

Acer griseum on leafsnap.com

Acer griseum at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Acer griseum on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Acer griseum at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Acer griseum on WikiBooks.org

Acer griseum on www.treetopics.com

Acer griseum on eFloras

Acer griseum (Paperback Maple)

5/14/2012 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Acer griseum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Acer griseum (Paperback Maple)

5/14/2012 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm)

Acer griseum (Paperback Maple)

5/14/2012 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 21 × 31" (52 × 78 cm)

Acer griseum (Paperback Maple)

5/14/2012 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Acer griseum (Paperback Maple)

5/14/2012 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Range: Zones 4-8:

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