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Acer griseum (Paperbark maple)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots(unranked):Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Genus: Acer
Species: A. griseum
Binomial name: Acer griseum
Common name: Paperbark Maple

Acer griseumis a species of maple native to central China, in the provinces of Gansu, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Sichuan, at altitudes of 1,500–2,000 m.
It is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree, reaching 6-9 m (20-30 ft) tall, 5-6 m (15-25 ft) wide, with a trunk up to 70 cm (2 ft) diameter.
The bark is smooth, shiny orange-red, peeling in thin, papery layers; it may become fissured in old trees. The shoots are densely downy at first, this wearing off by the second or third year and the bark exfoliating by the third or fourth year. The leaves are compound, with a 2–4 cm petiole with three leaflets, each 3-10 cm long and 2-6 cm broad, dark green above, bright glaucous blue-green beneath, with several blunt teeth on the margins. The flowers are androdioecious, produced in small corymbs in spring, the fruit being a paired samara with two winged seeds about 1 cm long with a 3 cm wing.

Paperbark Maple   Lat  39 3'19.572" S     Long 174 5'30.978" E    Datum WGS 84

Paperbark Maple leaves and seeds

The trunk showing the paperbark


Topside of a leaf


Underside of a leaf