Acer triflorum

Three-Flowered Maple

Categories: Trees

Acer triflorum is a small, deciduous understory tree which typically grows 25-30' tall with a densely-branched, rounded crown. Best ornamental features are its attractive shape, exfoliating bark and fall color. Medium green trifoliate leaves (leaflets to 3" long) turn vibrant shades of orange to red in autumn. Ash-brown bark exfoliates in vertical strips to reveal orange-brown inner bark.


More About Acer triflorum

  • distinctive exfoilating bark
  • native to the northeastern slopes of China

Greenish-yellow flowers appear in April in clusters of three, hence the species and common names. As with most maples, the flowers are not showy. Fruit is a samara (1-1.25" long). Similar in appearance and habit to paperbark maple, Acer griseum.


Height:

20-30 ft

Spread:

10-20 ft

Hardiness Zone:

4-9

Acer triflorum Characteristics

Attributes

  • Specimen
  • Exfoilating Bark
  • Interesting Bark

Exposure

  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow
  • Medium

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Late Summer
  • Fall

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Tolerates most soils

Fall Color

  • Bright Red

Flower Color

  • inconspicuous

Habit

  • Upright
  • Spreading