Acer tegmentosum

Manchurian snakebark maple

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Manchurian snakebark maple is as exotic as its name suggests. Growing into a medium-sized tree with a broad, vase-like shape, this maple reigns supreme for its beautiful bark. Its smooth trunk is bright green and heavily striped with shades of blue-green and white. Many other snakebark maples lose their interesting bark colors as they age but the highly patterned bark of the Manchurian snakebark maple holds its color for years.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vase-shaped tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 35 ft. 0 in. (10.67 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: green

Sun/Light Exposure: open or dappled shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: attractive bark year-round, autumn foliage color

Culture Notes
The foliage color and green and white stems are best and brightest in open or dappled shade. Keep the main trunk protected from full sun to prevent splitting and damage during the winter. Provide a location with well-drained soil and occasional watering during summer dry spells. The upright vase shape requires very little pruning to maintain, only remove broken or dead branches.
Geek Notes
Native to Korea, northeastern China, and southeastern Russia, particularly along the Amur and Ussuri rivers.