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Shantung Maple


March 11, 2016 - <>

Shantung Maple shape

Acer truncatum

  • Height: 25’ - 30’
  • Spread: 20’ - 30’
  • Site characteristics: Full sun to partial shade
  • Zone: 5a - 7b (species is variable, hybrid cultivars zone 5)
  • Wet/dry: Requires moist, well-drained sites; tolerates moderate drought
  • Native range: Northern China
  • Salt: Moderate tolerance
  • pH: 5.0 - 8.2
  • Ornamental characteristics: Dark green, glossy leaves with early fall color of yellow-orange to bright red
  • Cultivars: Hybrids with A. platanoides are ‘Norwegian Sunset’ – upright, round, orange-red to red fall color, more heat and drought-tolerant than A. platanoides. ‘Pacific Sunset’ – upright, oval, finer-branched and red fall color earlier than ‘Norwegian Sunset.’
  • Pests: Trials show cold hardiness and borer damage dependent on variety. Will sometimes show tar spot. Resistant to leaf scorch.

Acer truncatum Acer truncatum leaf
Photos: Jesse Saylor, MSU

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