Snakeskin Maple – Acer grosseri

Snakeskin Maple / Family Aceraceae
Also called snakebark or bigleaf maple, it's grown for its ornamental bark and fall colors. Height:  to 25' Spread: to 25'.  Hardy to Zone: 5-7

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Snakeskin Maple Habit
Acer grosseri

Snakeskin Maple is a medium-sized deciduous tree grown mainly for its ornamental, green-striped bark, yet this charming plant also provide dramatic fall colors, as evidenced by these pictures. White Tigress Maple (Acer tegmentosum) is also called "snakebark maple".

According to – Flora of China, this taxon is a good candidate to be treated as a separate species instead of being listed as a subspecies of Aceri davidii, due chiefly to a differing number of flowers (10-15) per inflorescence, and its geographic distribution [2]. Indeed, the Morton Arboretum accession tag lists this plant as Acer grosseri. USDA GRIN lists Acer grosseri as a synonym of A. davidii. [4] Native to China, it is found in mixed forests at 1000-1600 m. elevation. [2]

Snakeskin Maple Foliage
1. Acer grosseri, Morton Arboretum accession, photographed October 19, 2009 by Bruce Marlin
2., Flora of China, “Acer davidii subsp. grosseri (Pax) P. C. de Jong in van Gelderen et al."
3. Michigan State University Extension, “Acer grosseri–Snake-skin Maple
4. USDA, ARS, GRIN, Taxon: “Acer grosseri Pax
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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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