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One of a number of maples renowned for their handsome striped green bark, this small deciduous tree is native to Japan. Dense and spreading, it bears glossy, dark green, shallowly three-lobed leaves on red stems. The leaves turn dazzling shades of red and orange in fall. The trunk and older branches are purple-brown with green and white striations. New twigs are purple-red. Clusters of small chartreuse flowers in spring give rise to bunches of dangling winged red-brown fruits that are often borne in striking profusion.
This lovely and underused tree likes well-drained, humus-rich, acidic soil and sun or light shade. It is more tolerant of hot summers than are most other stripebark maples. Plant it in a woodland edge or as an understory tree, preferably where its colorful bark can be seen and appreciated at close hand. It is typically short-lived.
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5 - 8
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
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25'-40' / 7.6m - 12.2m
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Yellow Green, Chartreuse
Green, Dark Green
Red, Orange, Orange Red
White, Green, Purple, Brown, Ivory
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