Shantung Maple – Acer truncatum

Shantung Maple – Acer truncatum
Family Aceraceae

Native to China, Manchuria and Korea, this lovely maple is heat & drought tolerant.

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Shantung Maple fall foliage

Some leaflets are truncate at the base as species epithet suggests
Cultural Requirements: Prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade; grows in a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers moist, acidic soils; pH adaptable and drought tolerant. Shantung maple is a compact tree as maples go; this specimen at the Morton Arboretum tops 40 feet.

It has no serious insect or disease problems, although young trees can be susceptible to Japanese beetles where infestations are heavy. Like most maples, the root system is shallow and may buckle sidewalks and make mowing difficult.

Shantung Maple - Acer truncatum
This Shantung Maple is 70 years old
Shantung Maple foliage from underneath
This tree is one you will love to be underneath on a hot sunny day
1. Shantung maple, Morton Arboretum acc. 564-37-1 photos by Bruce Marlin
2. Missouri Botanical Garden, "Acer trucatum"
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Family Aceraceae – Maples
The Maples are some of our most familiar and beloved trees.  Most are native to the far east: China, Japan, Korea, Manchuria. Maples produce a distinctive winged fruit called a samara, also commonly known as helicopters or whirlybirds.
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