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ACER henryi

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Mark A. Miller

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER henryi

Plant Common Name

Henry's Maple

General Description

Henry's maple is a somewhat small deciduous shade tree that has wonderful fall color and a very attractive disply of seeds. This native of central China has compound leaves with three leaflets that emerge pink or bronzed before deepening to dark green. Small, unremarkable green flowers appear in mid spring. By late summer, the long, pendent strings of light green seeds dangle from the branches, creating a look much like Spanish moss draping on live oaks. In autumn, the leaves change to shades of yellow and red. The bark is relatively smooth and grayish tan, a somewhat striking contrast to the leaves and seeds for its simplicity.

Henry's maple should be planted in a moist but well-drained acidic soil. Best placed in a wind-protected spot, this tree should be given a full sun site. This is an exquisite small shade tree for a lawn, and is a conversation piece as a specimen tree, especially in late summer.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20'-22' / 6.1m - 6.7m

  • Width

    25'-30' / 7.6m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No