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Acer triflorum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
AY-ser try-FLOR-um
Description

Acer triflorum is a tree that is not readily available due to difficulty in propagation. It is easy to transplant, and this tree prefers moist but well-drained soil. It casts moderate to dense shade and is frequently grown as an understory tree. Acer triflorum is rounded and compact when grown in full sun but upright and spreading when grown in shade.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems.  Intolerant of alkaline soils, soil compaction, and wet soil.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#pink#sun#deciduous#yellow#small tree#shade tree#full sun#drought tolerant#interesting bark#specimen#orange leaves#pink flowers#purple leaves#shade tolerant#yellow flowers#tree#maple#winter interest#understory tree#clay soil#clay#clay tolerant#easy to transplant#pest resistant#transplant#gold leaves#scarlet leaves#woodland
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acer
    Species:
    triflorum
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Distribution:
    Manchuria China, North and South Korea
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought and clay soil tolerant; no serious pest problems; easy to transplant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 25 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Samaras 1" long joined at a wide angle with a fat nutlet persists into winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Pink to greenish yellow cluster of 3 (hence the common name) flowers in April.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Sinuate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green somewhat fuzzy trifoliate leaf 3" long 1" wide with irregularly toothed margins; brilliant orange, scarlet, purple and gold fall color in October; one of the few trees to develop good fall color in shade.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    This plant has warm, ashy light brown bark, peeling in long strips bark, to reveal cinnamon orange-brown (or cinnamon red) inner bark even at an early age.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Insect Pests
    Salt