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Acer pensylvanicum 'Erythrocladum'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: pensylvanicum (pen-sill-VAN-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Erythrocladum

4 vendors have this plant for sale.


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

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)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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

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2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Jan 2, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This small tree's unique ornamental asset is the brilliant, luminous coral red the bark turns on young branches in the winter and early spring. (The color turns green/white striped during the growing season.) The bark in winter reminds me of the Japanese maple cultivar 'Sango Kaku'.

This clone grows smaller than the species. The height is generally 15-20', though the species can reach 30' or more in the wild. (The US champion tree for the species is 77' tall.)

This tree is rare and difficult to find in commerce, because it can only be propagated by skilled grafting. But there are a few online nurseries that offer this. If you have to get on a waiting list for this, it's worth the wait.

Performs best with partial shade, cool conditions, regular moisture, and well-drained, humusy, slightly acidic soil.

It's slow growing but not difficult to cultivate. Slow growth is sometimes an advantage, especially in a small space. The habit is very upright, at least when young.

The species is hardy to Z3, but this cultivar is only hardy to Z5.

Positive Garden_Kitty On Dec 10, 2010, Garden_Kitty from Newcastle, WA wrote:

This tree was planted by my grandmother in 1956 when they moved into their Spokane Valley home. Today it is a big and beautiful tree we have enjoyed for many years. The fall foliage is gorgeous and can be seen for blocks in the neighborhood!

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

Acer pensylvanicum 'Erythrocladum' CORAL-STRIPE MAPLE Dec (z4) (Bon)
The winter shoots of this uncommon small tree turn a glowing coral,striped with white; add handsome leaves & green-striped summer bark to make "this variety one of the most attractive of small hardy trees"(Bean). PSh/Med

Neutral Decumbent On Oct 29, 2006, Decumbent from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Has a reputation for being difficult to grow. I have mine in okay soil which is regularly irrigated and in heavy shade. So far so good. Hasn't grown much, but is holding its own.

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Difficult to find, but has some neat characteristics. The stems, when young, are bright red. Great for winter interest.


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

Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Bar Harbor, Maine
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Canaan, New Hampshire
Cincinnati, Ohio
Spokane Valley, Washington

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