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.
With its delicate foliage, small crown, and naturally artistic form, it creates an Asian effect in any garden. Fall colors are inspiring in their brilliance. With their refined character, unlike grafted varieties, healthy specimen trees of seedlings seem to always be in short supply. Our pot-grown seedlings have been kept totally protected from frost to ensure that your rootstocks are free of Pseudomonas (black stem) blight.
Resistant to drought and polluted air, this maple is gaining recognition as a promising ornamental. Its growth rate is relatively fast but it doesn't become as large as Norway maple. Its small size, hardiness, appealing Sweetgum-like leaves and brilliant fall color make it a logical candidate for high pH soils or for areas where a tough, yet highly ornamental tree is needed.