Acer buergerianum (syn. A. buergeranum) Aceraceae
Trident Maple, Three-toothed Maple
- Deciduous tree, 20-35+ ft (6-11+ m) high, oval to rounded outline. Bark
attractive, gray-brown with orange; exfoliating, scaly. Leaves opposite, simple, 4-9 cm long and
wide, rounded or wedge-shaped at base, 3-lobed, 3 major veins, lobes are triangular and point forward,
margin entire or slightly serrate, very lustrous dark green above, petiole about as long as the bade; fall
color yellow, orange and red. Small greenish yellow flowers are hardly noticeable.
Fruit (samara) about 2 cm long wings, parallel.
- Sun. Well-drained acid soil. Drought resistant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to eastern China and Korea.
Introduced into England in 1896. There are several cultivars, mostly of Japanese origin and not
generally available (see van Gelderen and van Gelderen, 1999). A somewhat recent U.S. introduction
is Streetwise® (or Street Wise®)
- Frequently used in bonsai.
- buergerianum: after H. Buerger (1804-1858), a plant hunter in Japan for the Dutch government.
- Portland, Oregon: Hoyt Arboretum
- Corvallis: west side of tennis courts at Cloverland Park, Garfield Ave. & 29th St.