Acer tegmentosum ‘Joe Witt’

Manchurian snakebark maple

Outstanding Qualities

This selection of Manchurian snakebark maple was chosen for its highly striped white bark. It grows into a medium-sized tree with a broad, vase-like shape -- creating a spectacular addition to your garden. Its chalky, white-and-green bark brightens the shade garden and creates a ghostly frame against a backdrop of evergreens.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’, Picea orientalis, Hydrangea macrophyllum ‘Lanarth White’, Kerria japonica ‘Picta’, Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Variegatus’, Rhododendron ‘Elsie Watson’, Ribes sanguineum ‘White Icicle’

Great Color Contrasts: red, purple

Great Color Partners: blue, green, white

Culture Notes

The foliage color and green and white stems are best and brightest in open to 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.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: vase-shaped tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: open or dappled shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering