The shaggy peeling bark and glorious yellow, orange, and red fall foliage make up for the inconspicuous nature of this ornamental tree's namesake flowers. Three-flowered maple tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and is a fine specimen tree for gardens, with a habit that can be upright or spreading.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Acid soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Small tree (15-25 feet)
- Early fall
- Mid fall
Size and Form
20 to 25 feet high and wide; upright or spreading shape
Tree & Plant Care
Avoid pruning in early spring as maples are 'bleeders' and will lose large amounts of sap.
Disease, pests and problems
Verticillium wilt (fungus) is a potential problem for maples.
Disease, pest and problem resistance
This tree is tolerant in a wide range of soils.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Northeastern Asia
Bark color and texture
The light brown bark exfoliates in vertical strips to show golden-brown inner bark. This provides an interesting winter feature.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple leaves arranged in pairs (opposite), each leaf with three leaflets; margins irregularly toothed
Foliage is dark green in summer, turning brilliant orange and red in fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Greenish-yellow flowers appear in April in clusters of three, hence the species and common names.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Fruit are winged seeds in pairs (samaras); 1 inch long and fuzzy.