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ACER miyabei

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER miyabei

Plant Common Name

Miyabe Maple

General Description

Attractive gray bark, a rounded upright habit, and handsome dark green foliage are among the worthy features of this medium-sized deciduous tree from Japan. Three- to five-lobed leaves that resemble those of hedge maple (Acer campestre) remain clean and healthy through the summer before turning dull yellow in fall. Clusters of inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring are followed by two-winged fruits that mature from green to brown. The bark is lustrous brown on young stems, and gray and rough on the trunk and older branches.

Plant this maple in full sun, where it will form a dense symmetrical tree. Moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil is best. Hardier and somewhat larger than hedge maple, it makes a superior choice as a street or shade tree.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    30'-50' / 9.1m - 15.2m

  • Width

    25'-45' / 7.6m - 13.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • 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

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Corky

  • Usage

    Shade Trees, Street Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No