Acer triflorum

Common Name
Three-flowered Maple

Sapindaceae (Soapberry)

Tree or plant type / form
Deciduous tree

Landscape Use
Excellent small landscape tree useful as a specimen or as part of a woodland garden.  

Season of interest and/or other ornamental feature(s)
Best ornamental features are its attractive shape, exfoliating bark and outstanding fall color.  Grayish brown outer bark exfoliates in vertical strips to reveal smooth, lighter beige inner bark.

Size at Landscape Maturity 
Mature height: 20-30 feet,  Mature width: 15-20 feet in 20 years

Light exposure
Full sun to full shade

USDA Hardiness zones
4 – 7

Origin / Native locale
Northeastern China and Korea.

Wildlife Value (incl. pollinators)

Soil Type & Drainage
Prefers moist, acidic soils with good drainage.  Intolerant of alkaline soils, soil compaction, and wet soil,

Adaptable to a range of sunlight levels

Leaf Description
Medium green trifoliate leaves (leaflets to 3″ long) turn vibrant shades of orange to red in autumn.

Bloom Time in Northeast Ohio
Mid April

Flower Description
Greenish-yellow flowers appear before the leaves in clusters of three.  As with most maples, the flowers are not showy.

Cone / Fruit
Fruit are winged seeds in pairs (samaras), which are 1 inch long and fuzzy.

Available at
Secrest Arboretum Plant Discovery Days and selected local nurseries

Use the Secrest Aboretum Explorer to find locations where this plant is located on the Wooster campus.

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