Acer buergerianum

trident maple

three-toothed maple

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Outstanding Qualities

Trident maple is an ideal tree for the small garden. Its slow growth and excellent disease and pest resistance make it almost care free once well established. The dark green leaves develop rich autumn colors of orange and red as the weather cools. Older branches and trunks develop an attractive patchwork of gray, brown and orange bark. It performs well as a container plant and is a favorite among bonsai enthusiasts.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering to drought tolerant when established

Seasonal Interest: autumn color orange-red, exfoliating bark

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Acer palmatum ‘Seiryû’, Cornus mas, Epimedium x perralchicum ‘Fröhnleiten’, Osmanthus x burkwoodii, Taxus baccata ‘Repandens’

Great Color Contrasts: white, burgundy, red, yellow

Great Color Partners: green

Culture Notes
Acer buergerianum will grow best in full sun to open shade in well-drained soil but will tolerate sandy and clay soils. It is drought tolerant once established, but will have stronger growth with occasional watering. Prune only to remove poorly formed branches or dead and broken branches.