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C O M M O N  N A M E :  Trident Maple
O R I G I N :  China, Japan
F A M I L Y : Sapindaceae
Z O N E :  5 to 8
T Y P E :  Deciduous
H E I G H T :  avg. 20 - 25' max. 40'
S U N :  Best in full sun; partial shade
S O I L : Clay, loam, or sandy; highly acidic to highly alkaline
M O I S T U R E : Medium
 

T A G S :  specimen, ornamental, exfoliating bark, oval, monoecious, small garden, bonsai


 


D E S C R I P T I O N 

There likely isn’t a way to downplay the beauty and graceful form of the Acer buergerianum tree. The Trident Maple has a slow to medium growth rate. Because it is a species that can withstand urban landscapes and tolerates salt, wind, air pollution and dry periods, it performs well as an urban and street tree - a common use for it in its native Japan. 

L E A F 

In length and width, leaves are 1 1/2 to 3 1/2". Opposite and simple in arrangement. Deep sinuses. The petiole is similar in length of the blade. The sheen that covers their three-lobed, palmate shape make the leaves and tree overall, appear delicate. Pronounced in color, the leaf starts at a deep emerald green shade and by fall, displays remarkable yellow, orange or red tones. 

T R U N K 

The multi-pronged and tentacle-like trunk aids in giving the average spread a rounded form. Its smooth bark can vary in tint - light grey to light brown to light orange are common. 2-3" in diameter, the bark exfoliates which adds texture and interest to its appearance. As it ages, creases and fissures will form. 

 

C A R E 

Low maintenance is required. Where pruning is concerned, heavy cutting can ensure that only one trunk remains. Transplanting is not a fussy process and balled and burlapped for this procedure is recommended. 

 

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S O U R C E S

"Manual of Woody Landscape Plants," by Michael Dirr.