A small tree that's little known and rarely used, Manchurian Maple, or Acer mandshuricum, was first introduced into cultivation in 1904 when trees were planted in Britain at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Manchurian Maple is a trifoliate maple, closely related to the Paperbark Maple. Manchurian Maple has, perhaps, slightly less pleasing bark than the Paperbark, but it is earlier to color in the fall and earlier to leaf out in the spring than its relative. And Manchurian Maple's fall color is truly sensational.
Landscapes can sometimes be overwhelmed with unusual foliage color: a blue conifer, purple ornamentals, a yellow tree here, and a red tree there. Acer mandshuricum is one of those unassuming, comfortable ornamental trees that provides a pleasant contrast to the gaudy displays of unusual trees. The soft early-spring growth invigorates the soul. You can group it either with other early-flowering trees for a most sensational effect or with evergreens to accent the fall color. It can also be used as a specimen, corner accent, or in almost any other way you might select. Manchurian Maple reaches 20'-40' in height with a slightly smaller spread.
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