Elegant Maple
Acer elegantulum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: elegantulum (el-ee-GAN-tew-lum) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Gaston, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 25, 2008, Treeguy from Charleston, SC wrote:

This lovely little Maple does have very elegant looking leaves. The new leaves are coming out blood red! Absolutely beautiful!!! Had one sitting on a picknic table that I had given as a gift and several people actually thought it looked like a Cannabis plant! I am now growing and testing this Maple here in the Columbia, SC area (z7b to 8a) to see how it does. I will add comments when (if) the plants do well.

Neutral

On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Acer elegantulum (Dec) (z7) (Bon)
Its name translated,"of elegant habit", is a nice description for this very rare 20-40'Chinese maple with its papery thin, 5-lobed lvs. Sun-PSh/Med