Acer buergeranum

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Acer buergeranum
  • PRONUNCIATION: A-ser ber-jar-A-num
  • COMMON NAME: Trident Maple
  • FAMILY: Aceraceae
  • NATIVITY: China.
  • GROWTH HABIT: Oval to rounded small tree up to 35' tall.
  • HARDINESS: USDA Zones 5 - 9.
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS: Sun to light shade. Prefers acid, well-drained soils and is tolerant of drought.
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE: Good tree for small residential lots. Street tree. Deserves more use.
  • FOLIAGE: Opposite, simple 1 1/2" - 3 1/2" across, 3 lobes, base rounded, margins entire or irregularly serrate. Glossy green in summer with red to orange, possibly yellow, late fall color.
  • BUDS: Imbricately scaled, pointed rich brown buds. Terminals approximately 1/8" long.
  • BARK: Sinuous trunk is covered with an orange-brown, exfoliating bark.
  • Flower: Yellow color, 1/2" diameter, usually 3 together on drooping pedicels in May
  • FRUIT: Samara, ¾ " - 1" long wings parallel.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed, cuttings; cultivars are normally grafted.
  • PESTS: None serious.
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