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ACER pictum

Image of Acer pictum

Jesse Saylor

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER pictum

Plant Common Name

Painted Maple

General Description

Painted maple is a handsome deciduous shade tree from western Asia to the Himalayas and into China. It becomes a V-shaped tree with a lovely rounded canopy. This maple's leaves are quite variable, but are always five to seven lobed, sometimes very star-like, and other times more blunt and almost heart-shaped at the base. Small, upright yellow-green flowers adorn the branches before the leaves unfurl slightly reddened in early spring. In the autumn, the leaves turn gold and yellow.

Plant painted maple in full sun in a wide variety of soils, acidic to mildly alkaline, except in very wet locations. This tree makes a particularly attractive canopy, and should be placed in a large lawn or position that allows growth to its full potential without crowding.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    50'-70' / 15.2m - 21.3m

  • Width

    40'-50' / 12.2m - 15.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Iran, Central Asia, Western Asia, India, Nepal, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green, Chartreuse

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Gold

  • Bark Color

    Brown, 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

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes