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A C E R B U E R G E R I A N U M
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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