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Maple (Manchurian)

Acer mandshuricum

Trunk and leafy branches of a Manchurian Maple

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.

Closely related to the Paperbark Maple, Acer mandshuricum is a trifoliate maple growing up to 15'-20' in height. Its smooth gray bark is perhaps slightly less pleasing than the Paperbark Maple's bark, but it is earlier to color in the fall and earlier to leaf out in the spring than its relative. And Manchurian Maple's fluorescent red 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. The Manchurian Maple 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 of this trifoliate maple 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, a corner accent, or in almost any other way you might select.

Table of tree prices
Tree Container SizeStem CaliperPlant HeightPrice
#51-1.25"5-6'sold out
#151.75-2"6-8'sold out
#202-2.5"8-10'sold out