Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
Two trees behind Black Bear Statue, Gym Drive
- Small, deciduous species, native to central China, introduced to the U.S. in 1907 through Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum.
- Outer, naturally peeling (exfoliating) bark is copper orange to reddish brown, in contrast to tan or rose-brown inner bark; leaves bright color in fall.
- Considered rare even in its natural range in China.
- Planted as ornamentals at UMaine in 2013.