Acer tegmentosum

Manchurian snakebark maple

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.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Hosta ‘Blue Angel’, Osmunda regalis ‘Purpurascens’, Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’, Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group, Magnolia stellata ‘Waterlily’

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 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.

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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: green

Sun/Light Exposure: open or dappled shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering