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SHANTUNG MAPLE
Acer truncatum

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Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, National Arboretum - Washington, D.C. and UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

This tree has the appearance of a Japanese Maple, however the leaves are smooth along the edges. The appearance of yellow flower clusters in the early spring provides a pleasing flowering accent. Its shiny light green foliage and interesting trunks make it quite attractive as a small lawn shade tree, which does well in half-shade to sun in a moderately moist setting. New growth is purplish-red, bronze. Many hybrid varieties of this species are available. Its height generally remains below 25' when planted in sunny locations.

Native to China.

Family: Sapindaceae
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.

Additional Common Names

SHANTUNG MAPLE, PURPLEBLOW MAPLE

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 20 - 30 feet.

Width: 20 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Palmate, Medium Green, Red, Gold, Purple or Multicolored, Deciduous.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Green or Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Brown Winged Seed, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.

Bark Striking, Light Gray or Light Green, Fibrous.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 1 - 9 and 14 - 23.

USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Full Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids, Root Rot and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Bonsai.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acer truncatum Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/acer-truncatum >

SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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