SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Morris Arboretum - Philadelphia, PA, Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, National Arboretum - Washington, D.C. and UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA
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.
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.
Additional Common Names
SHANTUNG MAPLE, PURPLEBLOW MAPLE
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded, Spreading 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, Green, Red or Orange, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Green or Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown Samara, 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, 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 truncatum Tree Record." 1995-2021. Jan 21, 2021.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/acer-truncatum >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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