Acer buergerianum commonly called trident maple or three-toothed maple is native to China, Korea and Japan. It is a small, rounded, deciduous tree that typically grows rather slowly to 20-30’. Triangular, three-lobed leaves (to 3.5” long) are glossy green above and pale green beneath. Variable but usually attractive fall color features shades of dark red and orange. Non-showy, greenish-yellow flowers bloom in spring (April-May). Samaras (to 1” long) mature in fall. Exfoliating bark will develop on mature trunks. Attractive small tree for streets, patios and around the home. Bonsai. Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates some drought.
Seeds are Stored in a Refrigerator to Maintain Viability
The seeds have a dormancy period. They need a period of chilling which simulates winter conditions to break their dormancy.
- Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours.
- Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
- Put the seeds in the mixture.
- Put the mixture in a ziplock bag.
- Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 12 weeks.
- Sow the seeds in pots with potting soil. Cover them with a thin layer of soil.
- Water the seeds.
- When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.