A WOODLAND UNDERSTORY TREE WITH UNIQUE BEAUTY
- Exfoliating cinnamon colored bark
- Showy orange to red fall color
- Excellent small tree for small yards and as a specimen planting
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Mature Height: 20-25' tall
- Mature Width: 15-20' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 15-20' apart
Why plant Paperbark Maple?
Paperbark Maple is an exquisite specimen tree that you’ll want to showcase in the most prominent place possible in your landscape. This celebrated ornamental tree’s claim to fame is its honey-brown to cinnamon-colored bark, which peels like Birch bark and glows like amber when backlit by the sun. Plant it near a path or patio, so your guests can reach out and touch it when they want to (and they’ll want to!). Consider this splurge-worthy beauty an investment in your home, because everybody who sees Paperbark Maple falls in love with it, and as the years go by your tree will only get more and more impressive. A truly wonderful specimen.
Two of the oldest Paperbark Maple trees in North America reside at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. Ernest Henry Wilson, through the support of the Arboretum, collected the seedlings on an expedition to China in 1907. The historic 100 year old maples are located near Bradley Garden and Bussey Hill within the Arboretum. The tree on Bussey Hill is oddly shaped due to the loss of its leader some time ago and considerably smaller but it continues to produces perfect flowers and viable seeds. This tree is believed to be the source of the first generation of Paperbark Maples planted in North America.
How to use Paperbark Maple in the landscape?
Native to western and central China, this small tree lends interest to your garden any time of year. Dark to bluish-green foliage in summer transforms to bronze and red tones in fall. Cinnamon colored bark peels and curls from the trunk - giving you awesome interest during winter months. This tree stays relatively small making it perfect for small landscapes or a specimen tree. A Gold Medal Plant Award Winner from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Cary Award Winner from the Worcester County Horticultural Society for its outstanding performance, hardiness, and eye-appeal.
Why Bower & Branch?
At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.
- Trusted, Experienced Growers
- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise
- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a 'grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.
We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.
How To Plant Paperbark Maple
The exfoliating bark on the Paperbark Maple provides you with excellent winter interest, probably better interest than this tree gives you throughout the rest of the year! A planting location in full sun would be best along with well-drained soil, meaning not too wet – soggy paper can be such a mess! Paperbark Maples are one of those trees that don’t have any major insect problems…maybe it’s “bark” is worse than it’s “bite”…ha-ha…okay maybe that wasn’t funny.
How To Water
Water regularly after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities.
How To Fertilize
Paperbark Maples are naturally slow growing so adding fertilizer won’t really make it grow faster, but it will help your Paperbark produce healthy growth for the following spring. Applying a Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer just once a year in the fall will supply your tree with the essential nutrients it needs.
How To Prune
Since Paperbark Maples are slow growing trees, pruning is rarely needed.
Hardiness Zones: 4-8
How Does Shipping Work?
Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.
We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.
*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to be delivered. - Sizes Large (AA) and smaller (Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.
90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:
Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).
Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 866-873-3888
- Or via Online Chat
Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.
If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.
* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.
At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).