Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question for March 5 - April 5, 2004
This is the bark of the paperbark maple, Acer griseum.
Paperbark maple is a beautiful small tree that is well-known for its
winter hardiness and outstanding fall color. With its lovely bark and
clean green summer foliage, it serves well as a specimen tree with year-round
interest. Paperback maple is slow growing and may reach twenty to thirty feet
in height and spread at maturity. Paperbark maple is extremely hardy, and can
be grown in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 7.
You can find paperbark maple in Gotelli Collection of Dwarf and Slow-Growing Conifers,
the Maple Collection, and in the Ellipse Meadow near the National Capitol Columns.