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Maple, Purpleblow or Shantung

Acer truncatum

Aceraceae - Maple

Description

Leaves: Opposite; simple; 5 triangular lobes with drawn-out tips; no teeth on lobes; 3" to 5" wide; deciduous; purplish when young; mature leaves dark green and glabrous above, lighter below; 2" to 4" long petiole with milky sap when broken; yellow, orange, and red fall color.

Twigs/buds: Twigs reddish-brown, shiny, hairless; have lenticels.  Buds reddish-brown; tips on upper scales hairy, similar to Norway maple (A. platanoides).

Flowers/fruit: Fruit a samara; 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" long; sometimes purple-colored; wings at a 90 degree angle.

Bark: Gray brown, though tinged in purple when young; rough and fissured with age.

Wood: Medium strong; little information available.

General: Native to China.  Drought and heat resistant and quite adaptable.  Shade intolerant.

Landscape Use: A small to medium sized tree that again is uncommon in Utah.  Good fall color  Few pests.  Zones 4-8.

Cultivars: 'Akikaze Nishiki', 'Crimson Sunset', 'Fire Dragon', 'Main Street', 'Norwegian Sunset', 'Pacific Sunset'.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Aceraceae - Maple
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
4-8
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Low
Mature Height:
Medium
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
Yes
Crown Shape:
Rounded

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
Yes
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
Yes
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Medium
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
Medium
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
Medium