A scaled-down version of sugar maple (Acer saccharum), chalkbark maple is a small, upright, oval to rounded deciduous tree native to the Southeast United States. The leaves are medium green with downy undersides, turning brilliant orange-red in fall. The young branches and upper trunk are light gray.
Chalkbark maple does well in partial shade or full sun and prefers well drained soil. Use it where a full-size sugar maple would be too large, such as in a small yard or under power lines.
Mark A. Miller
(Siebold's Maple, Sode-no-uchi Maple)
A Japanese maple that closely resembles the plant that bears that name (Acer palmatum), this small deciduous tree from the forests of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu is attractive year round and spectacular in fall. Elegant rounded leaves with 9 (occasionally 7 or 11) pointed lobes unfold in spring, just as the clusters of small pale yellow flowers appear (in contrast to the red blooms of Acer palmatum). The leaves are downy when young. Two-winged fruits follow the flowers, maturing...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Painted Maple, Shantung Maple)
Shantung maple is a tough deciduous shade tree from northern China and Korea that has interest in all four seasons. In spring, yellowish green flowers decorate the twigs, which may have a slightly purple hue. The leaves emerge reddish and mature dark green, looking very much like those of Norway maple. In autumn, the leaves typically turn shades of yellow and orange, with possible blotches of red. The bark of this tree is gray, and looks like the battered and age-worn skin of a large elephant's...
(Pacific Sunset® Maple, Painted Maple, Shantung Maple)
Pacific Sunset maple ('Warrenred') is a tough shade tree with a fast growth rate and atypical red fall color. Although its parentage is uncertain, it is perhaps a hybrid of the Shantung maple (Acer truncatum)from China with Norway maple (A. platainoides). Pacific Sunset's deep yellow-green leaves are slightly larger in size than the species and have more small lobes and more pointed lobes on the leaf blade. In autumn, leaves typically change bright red, but may include dulled purple...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Freeman's Maple, Silver Red Maple)
Freeman's maple is a large to medium-sized deciduous tree resulting from the cross between two North American natives, Acer rubrum (red maple) and Acer saccharinum (silver maple). This vigorous hybrid boasts many cultivars, the best of which combine the toughness of silver maple with the brilliant fall color of red maple. One such selection is 'Autumn Fantasy', which has an oval crown, grows quickly and has exceptional vivid crimson fall color. Many cultivars also have conspicuous...