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ACER mandshuricum

Image of Acer mandshuricum

Jesse Saylor

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER mandshuricum

Plant Common Name

Manchurian Maple

General Description

A beautiful but rarely grown maple, this large shrub or small tree from eastern Asia has three-parted leaves that are smooth, unlike those of the similar Nikko maple. Often multi-trunked and low-branched with a broad rounded crown, it is usually one of the first maples to come into growth in spring. The shiny dark green leaves are also early to color in fall, turning brilliant shades of red while most other maple are still green. The handsome pale brown bark offers winter interest. Inconspicuous yellow-green flowers appear in May, giving rise to two-winged fruits that mature from green to brown.

This lovely tree likes well-drained, humus-rich, acidic soil and sun or light shade. Plant it in a woodland edge or as a lawn or understory tree, preferably where its attractive bark can be seen and appreciated at close hand.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    6 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 6

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Width

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Lime Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Copper, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No