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Acer buergerianum

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Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum) at Colonial Gardens

Trident Maple

Trident Maple

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Height:  35 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

Attractive summer foliage is followed by consistently rich red fall color that appears later in the season; shapely upright, oval form; an excellent street or patio tree

Ornamental Features

Trident Maple has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy lobed leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The furrowed gray bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Trident Maple is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Trident Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Trident Maple will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Fall Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features