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Tree of the Month: Shantung Maple

Botanical Name: Acer truncatum

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Characteristics: The Shantung Maple is a slow-growing, deciduous tree that is native to China, Manchuria, and Korea. It grows to a height of about twenty to twenty-five feet with a width of about fifteen to twenty-five feet, making it an ideal tree for city street planting or planting under power lines. The Shantung Maple can also be ideal for planting in small areas around the home.

Shantung Maples show a variety of leaf color, making them a colorful addition to the yard or landscape. They thrive in full sunlight for about 6 hours and partial sun for about 4-6 hours. They grow round clusters of little yellow flowers that appear from around April-May and the flowers are more noticeable as the whole tree blossoms.

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Hardiness Zone: Zones 4-8

Requirements: According to Missouri Botanic Garden, the soil that Shantung Maples grow best in is “moist, acidic, and with good drainage.” Once matured, they are said to be able to withstand hot temperatures and long periods without rainfall.

Pest Susceptibility:   There aren’t any serious problems with insects and diseases in the Shantung Maple.

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The Shantung Maple is a beautiful tree that would make a wonderful adornment to any home patio, backyard, or street-side. We recommend this tree as a shade tree that will produce a variety of fall colors to beautify your home. Give us a call today if you would like to add the Shantung Maple to your landscape!