My Dreamy Paperbark Maple Tree

Way back in the day, when I was studying for my Master Gardener, I came across photos of a Paperbark Maple. It quickly became an object of obsession for me. I adore plants in the landscape that have interest in all four seasons because I live in Zone 6(a) Ohio where we actually enjoy four distinct seasons. So I make a point to heavily plant my landscape with trees and plants that can offer this quality. And the Paperbark Maple definitely ticks all the boxes.

Currently, I can only show you one season of interest…winter. My tree was planted on December 9, 2022 and so I have yet to photograph the spring blooms, the samara and deep green triple leaflets in the summer or the fantastic red fall color. But one of the loveliest attributes of this tree is its bark. The bark is a deep brown with hints of cinnamon coloring. The bark defoliates (or peels) in lovely curls and instead of shedding the bark onto your lawn, this bark tends to be persistent. So you get the quality of peeling bark like a River Birch, but without the mess that Birches can leave on the ground below. So the beautiful defoliating bark is our winter interest. Let me show you…

The Paperbark Maple has bark of a deep brown with cinnamon accents.
The defoliating bark peels into pretty curls and persist on the trunk.

The Paperbark Maple tends to be a slow grower, so if you plan to plant one I’d suggest paying extra for a larger (more mature) tree. It’ll be worth it if you want instant impact in your landscape.

I will be posting blogs with photos as the seasons come, so stand by…

If you are interested in planting a Paperbark Maple and have questions, comment them below. I’ll try to help in any way I can. I also strongly suggest doing your due diligence and researching the needs and statistics of this tree before purchasing and planting. I’ve included links below to products that I use for my young trees if you are curious.

Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.

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Products I use and (therefore) recommend:

Planty friends – Feel free to use these links to the products that I personally use for my trees.  I receive a small percentage of any sales through these links, so feel free not to use them if that bothers you.

Young Trees

Felco 6 Hand Pruners –

Felco 2 Hand Pruners –

Espoma Starter Fertilizer –

Espoma Tree Tone – 4lb bag –

Espoma Tree Tone – 8lbs for only $2 more –

Tree Watering Ring –

Tree Watering Rings – two for only $3 more –

Silky Pruning Saw –

Excellent Books

Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs –

The Tree Book –

The Holistic Orchard –

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