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Painted Maple

Acer truncatum 'var. mono'

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Painted Maple (Acer truncatum 'var. mono') at Chalet Nursery

Painted Maple

Painted Maple

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Height:  25 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4


A pretty smaller landscape tree with a good rounded and vase-shaped form, interesting smooth gray bark and good fall color; attractive in a subdued sort of way, becoming more and more popular and justifiably so

Ornamental Features

Painted Maple is blanketed in stunning corymbs of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage which emerges deep purple in spring. The lobed leaves turn outstanding shades of yellow and orange in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Painted Maple is a dense deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Painted Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent

Planting & Growing

Painted Maple will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in clay soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Flowers  Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features