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Acer buergerianum - Trident Maple

Acer buergerianum is an excellent tree choice for inland valley locations. Slow growing trees should be given much more credit for their good behavior in the garden. The Trident Maple slowly grows to 20-30 feet tall and wide. On the way Acer buergerianum keeps its roots under control, driveways and sidewalks will fare quite nicely with this tree nearby. The blooms are small and white, they come on breifly in Spring and are pretty insignificant. The wing shaped seedpods will be more of an issue but have not been prone to germinating. In the Fall the leaf change can be quite showy. As the Trident Maple gets some size the bark starts to peal in an ornamental way. Some care should be in order as Acer buergerianum trees get larger as their natural branching pattern can leave branches in awkward shapes that are prone to breakage. Modest pruning can improve the shape readily and avoid disfiguring mishaps. Acer buergerianum is native to Eastern China, Korea and Japan. Acer buergerianum in time can become a fine shade tree. Acer buergerianum will perform in garden conditions but has fared remarkably well during our California drought. Plant the Trident Maple in full sun to partial shade. The Trident Maple is hardy to USDA zone 5.

Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple

Foliage and seeds of Acer buergerianum the Trident Maple. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.