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Acer Griseum Tree

Paper Bark Maple Trees

from From £59.99 (ex. VAT)
( £71.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

This small Acer tree boasts tactile, cinnamon coloured, peeling bark, hence the common name, Paper Bark Maple. It makes a perfect small garden tree as translucent sections of the thinnest layers of peeling bark stay attached to the tree giving year-round interest but especially winter interest. The foliage is a good bold green, consistently turning a firework display of colours from pink to bright red before falling in the autumn.

Acer griseum is a rounded, slow growing tree that will do well in most well drained soils but avoid a very exposed position. Expect an approximate height and spread of 5 x 4 metres in 20 years.  This variety has the RHS Award of Garden Merit. 

E H Wilson brought Acer griseum to England from China in 1901. The tree in Westonbirt Arboretum is believed to be a Wilson original.

AKA Paperbark Maple, Paper-bark Maple, Acer griseum more ›
Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Acer Griseum Tree Acer Griseum Tree
7.5L pot 150-175cm Pruned & Shaped £59.99 (ex. VAT)
Acer Griseum Tree Acer Griseum Tree
10L pot 175-200cm specimen Pruned & Shaped £69.99 (ex. VAT)
Acer Griseum Tree Acer Griseum Tree
45L pot 150-175cm Multi-stem £199.99 (ex. VAT)
Acer Griseum Tree Acer Griseum Tree
45L pot 2.5 - 3.0m Pruned & Shaped £219.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery timescales

99% of deliveries made within a week of placing the order (other than agreed pre orders) and many are despatched on the day we receive the order.  There is a slightly longer delivery timescale on trees over 2.5m in height (all the trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard or Extra Heavy Standard, all called Mature Trees) because normal "next day" carriers find them too large to handle so we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a haulage contractor to deliver and this all takes a bit of scheduling (but it's worth it when you see these wonderful mature trees!). 

Gift trees required for arrival on a specific date (or indeed any tree required for delivery on a specific date) can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge - we normally plan to deliver a day or two before the special day just to be on the safe side and although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Bare root trees and fruit bushes can only be dispatched from mid-November - mid April/late April (depending on weather conditions) and whilst they are dormant.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order unless we contact you (normally just the most mature trees where the driver may need help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle).  You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email.

Trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery costs

Orders for our popular range of 1.5/2.0m height trees to UK mainland ex Highlands have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (Highlands charge will be applied in the check out).  Smaller trees/bushes are charged at £6.95 plus vat (again Highlands charge applied in the check out).  On orders for several trees, delivery costs increase to £12.95 (and honestly that doesn't nearly cover what it costs us in cardboard and carriage charges!) but you can buy several trees (or hundreds of trees if you wish) for the same delivery cost.  Highlands charges start to get a bit expensive if you require several trees which our customers in the Highlands will be well aware of - we wish we could help more but you're such a long way from Yorkshire!

Mature trees are more expensive to deliver and cost varies by postcode but again you can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost so if you do need 2 or more, and particularly if you are planting a good number of trees, it works out to be really economical.  Delivery costs are calculated automatically in the shopping trolley so try adding an extra tree or bush for no extra delivery charge.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and overseas destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees but if you have a larger requirement please do speak to us and we'll do what we can to get trees to you at a reasonable cost.

Planting Advice for Acer Griseum trees

When planting paper bark maple trees, such as Acer Griseum, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown maple trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Paper Bark Maple trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Acer Griseum trees

Similarly to many of our ornamental trees, paper bark maple trees do not require a lot of pruning. Remove any damaged or diseased branches when the tree is in leaf or just after leaf fall. This will prevent bleeding, which although it is not detrimental, can look unsightly. When pruning, make sure to maintain an even framework, step back and assess your work and prune proportionately.

Acer Griseum Tree (Paper Bark Maple Trees) Description

  • Common name: Paper bark maple tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Year round
  • Foliage: Green leaves turning orange and red in autumn
  • Soil: Moist, well-drained sites are preferable but most soil types are suitable