Acer griseum

Acer griseum, Fulham Palace, 25 April 2021
Acer griseum

Small spreading tree with attractive peeling bark in winter and fiery autumn foliage. A slow grower, it can eventually reach about 10m x 10 if grown as a tree. Can also be grown as a multistem, whose proportions are more likely to be about 5m x 4m. Introduced in Britain in 1901.

H x S: 10m x 10m

Aspect and soil: grow in full sun or part shade, in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, preferably in a sheltered position. Dislikes chalky soil.

Use: as single specimen in a winter border, with enough room to show off its domed shape and autumn foliage.

Cultivation: No specific care required. Mulch with garden compost in autumn if soil is getting depleted, and remove any dead, diseased or damaged branches in winter when the tree is dormant. Do not prune at other times of year as the tree is likely to ‘bleed’.

Wildlife: —

Hazard: —

Hardiness: H5


Acer griseum bark, Fulham Palace, 25 April 2021