Small shade tree with flaky, orange-gray bark. Colorful autumn leaves. Excellent patio specimen or bonsai subject. It is especially well adapted in the South, growing well even in full sun. A University of Georgia and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Winner.
Among the rich variety of cultivated maples, this one is highly esteemed for its peeling tissue-thin coppery bark. Leaves turn scarlet and orange in fall. Easily grown on to larger size despite its propagation difficulty, and VERY tough and adaptable in the landscape.
This variety has a significant advantage over seedlings due to its prominent white stripes on green bark, so much so that the trunk appears mostly white. Twigs and young branches are covered with a waxy white bloom - as on a grape skin. In winter the tree evokes a chalk drawing look in the landscape. Exceptionally hardy.
A pyramidal tree with dark green leaves. 'Yellow Bird's small flowers appear with the foliage and have a good deep yellow color. Trouble free in the nursery, a consistent seller. M. acuminata x liliiflora