The picturesque Paperbark Maple tree gets its name for its peeling bark that resembles paper strips. The peeling begins in the tree’s second or third year of growth. It changes from an orangish-reddish brown color to translucent strips that turn rosy-tan.
In early spring, leaves begin to bud, revealing three-lobed leaves that are three to six inches long. Later in spring-summer, the leaves appear dark green with silvery undersides. Fall brings a further change as leaves turn yellow, orange, pink or scarlet.
Clusters of pale yellowish-green flowers also appear in spring. These give way in the fall to one to three inch winged fruit seeds.
Paperbark Maple trees are slow growers that prefer moist, well-drained soil (clay, sand, loam) and full sunlight to partial shade. Hardiness Zone: 4-8.