SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Balboa Park - San Diego, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Trident Maple is a very attractive small maple, effective as a lawn specimen, patio or shade tree. It has interesting flaky bark, and has a neat appearance, except for the hanging seeds in the winter. It tolerates most soils, with light to moderate moisture, and is quite dependable once established. It may require regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain its height below 25'. Known to tolerate air pollution.
Native to China and Japan.
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.
Additional Common Names
TRIDENT MAPLE, THREE-TOOTHED MAPLE
Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Oval or Rounded Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 20 - 25 feet.
Width: 20 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Lobed and Palmate, Medium to Light Green, Gold or Red, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown or Yellow Winged Seed, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Light Green or Light Gray, Exfoliating.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 9, 14 - 17 and 20, 21.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Invasive Shot Hole Borer and Aphids, Armillaria, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acer buergerianum Tree Record." 1995-2020. Feb 27, 2020.
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