Trident Maple

Acer buergeranum

Acer buergerianum (Trident Maple) - full tree

Full view

Acer buergerianum (Trident Maple) - leaves

Foliage detail

Acer buergerianum (Trident Maple) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 20-25'; Spread 20-25'

  • Growth:

    Moderate

  • Character:

    Deciduous; Dense, rounded crown.

  • Foliage:

    Glossy dark green, 2-3" leaves with three palmate lobes. Bright red, yellow, or orange in fall.

  • Flower:

    Yellow flowers in panicles during early spring.

  • Fruit:

    1.75-2" long paired samaras; yellow to green; persist through winter.

  • Bark:

    Smooth, light brown to gray bark that will fissure with age.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Requires pruning to develop single trunk with street-appropriate branching heights.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established); any soil; medium winds; some shade.

  • Special Considerations:

    Susceptible to aphids and verticillium wilt

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to China, Korea, and Japan. Remarkable fall color and stunning winter silhouette.