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Acer 'Gingerbread'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Cultivar: Gingerbread
Additional cultivar information: (aka Ginzam)

Synonym:Acer griseum x nikoense (maximowiczianum)

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RosemaryK On Jun 28, 2014, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have just planted one with red-leaved shrubs and yellow tipped conifers in pots and a background of prunus Hally Joviette. So far it looks great. Although not as red in the trunk as a pure acer griseum, I consider this to be a good compromise in order to acheive faster growth.

Does anyone know if it is susecptible to any pests?

Positive shrubbs On Jul 21, 2011, shrubbs from Beavertown, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Amazing tree! It is an all around excellent performer. From a distance the tree has structure and character. Up close the tree seems to soften with lines of it trifoliate leaves and slight exfoliation of the bark. The hues of the trunk and leaf balance each other creating a excellent tree for Japanese and contemporary gardens. Highly recommended!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Omaha, Nebraska
Beavertown, Pennsylvania
Woodruff, South Carolina

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