The three flowers that give this small ornamental tree its name are inconspicuous, but the shaggy peeling bark and glorious yellow, orange and red fall foliage make up for it. 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 (foliage falls off)
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial shade (4-6 hrs indirect 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.