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Acer crataegifolium

Common Name(s):
Hawthorn maple, Uri maple
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Decidious small tree or large shrub.  Green to greenish brown and white striped bark that resembles the skin of a melon, hence the Japanese name urikaede which means melon.  The bark is attractive all year but provides excellent winter interest.  Shoots are greenish red and buds are purple red.  The upright vase shape is very attractive and requires very little pruning to keep branches up and out of garden beds.  Provide a location with well-drained soil and occasional watering during summer dry spells.  Protect the bark from winter frost and full sun as it is prone to cracking. It is somewhat difficult to propagate and this therefore not very common.

Height:
15-20 feet
Foliage:
Leaves turn gold in fall and all drop at once making clean up easy.
Flower:
Insignificant, pale yellow to green and formed on drooping racemes. Fruit is a paired samara, pink or red maturing to brown.
Zones:
6 to 8
Habit:
upright
Form:
vase
Width:
15-20 feet
Leaf:
Leaves ovate-triangular 3-5 inches long long and 2-6 inches wide. They can be either unlobed or three-lobed. Blades are dark green to bluish green and often tinged reddish above, paler green below. Petioles are red 1–2 inches long.
Tags:
deciduous, fall color, winter interest

NCCES plant id: 3038