Trident Maple

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Colorful, Right-Sized, Durable Trident Maple Tree

  • Medium-Sized Maple Tree Fits Modern Lots
  • Glossy Leaves Offer Springtime Red Color
  • Dark Green Leaves in Summertime
  • Incredible Yellow, Red and Orange Fall Color
  • Fascinating, Exfoliating Bark
  • Living Sculpture for Your Yard
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Urban Tolerant
  • Favorite for Bonsai Enthusiasts

Whether you live in the heart of the city, or on a postage-stamp-sized lot in the suburbs, you crave color in your landscape. You may have wistfully looked at our product pages for large Maple trees, like October Glory or Autumn Blaze and dreamed you could grow them, too.

Well, with this outstanding variety, you can!

The Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum) is a gorgeous deciduous tree that is native to Asia. It is hardy and can withstand some tough conditions, including road salt and urban air pollution.

This compact Maple tree features a graceful, upright, rounded canopy. The shiny leaves are quite distinctive with three lobes and a smooth edge.

Young leaves emerge red in spring. Theyll mature to a cool, deep, restful green for summer shade.

Youll be amazed in fall when the leaves turn a wild mix of yellow, orange and fiery red. It is truly a stunning display that youll never grow tired of.

Even the bark is good-looking! As it ages, the mature trunk starts to exfoliate to reveal the orange color underneath.

Trident Maple is a tough, smaller tree that tolerates urban conditions extremely well. Youll see city planners incorporate them in median plantings and along busy streets. They become quite drought tolerant once established.

This popular tree does have a high risk of selling out, so place your order for Trident Maple today. Leave us your email if its out of stock and well let you know when the next crop is prepped and ready.

How to Use Trident Maple Tree in the Landscape

This beautiful tree gives you a sculptural focal point in your backyard or on your front lawn. Its ornamental display works all year-long.

Be sure to plan for exterior lighting to get the most out of your tree. Shine the line up the length of the trunk into the canopy for a terrific, high-drama, nighttime look.

Sometimes, people allow the lower limbs to grow out. This allows you to experience that wonderful color on a shrubby plant.

Use a long row of these large, shrubby plants along your property line as an incredible screening plant. Plant them 10 feet apart on center to create a solid screen. Measure from trunk to trunk and leave the lower branches to grow out.

Repeat these trees along your garden borders, too. It becomes a fantastic backdrop with killer fall foliage and bark that peels to expose great color!

Create an informal grouping of 3 or 5 trees. Use a loose, zigzagging planting pattern and vary the width from 12 to 15 feet apart.

This is the perfect street tree. Use it along the hell strip between your sidewalk and road. Not many plants will tolerate that spot, but Trident Maple can handle road salt without missing a beat.

Of course, Trident Maple can be used for shade! Plant on the south or west side of your patio to protect you, your family and friends from the suns rays as you entertain outdoors.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant Trident Maple in full sun. They require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

The ideal soil is well-drained, moist and slightly acidic. It is adaptable to average soils that drain well.

If you have clay soil that retains water for a long time, plant in a raised bed or mound. Heap extra soil 18 inches tall by 3 feet wide and plant directly in that mound.

If your soil isnt acidic (with a low pH), youll want to apply an acid-lover fertilizer formula annually. Follow the application rate according to the directions on the label.

Apply a 3-inch layer of mulch to young trees, and spread it 3 feet outside the canopy. Pull the mulch away from the tree trunk by 6 inches. Youll easily keep the root systems nice and cool, and slowly work to improve your soil.

Conduct careful watering to establish young trees. Water as needed throughout the first season.

The Trident Maple is drought tolerant, but you want to protect your investment in hot, dry weather. Provide a moderate amount of water as needed.

Prune just after it leaves out in spring. Correct the form and remove crossing branches.

Trident Maple gives you four seasons of interest. Youll love the young, red leaves to their cool green shade all summer, its fiery fall color display, and the barks winter interest. Order yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Trident Maple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Acer buergerianum
Mature Height 25 - 35 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Sandy
Moisture Widely adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes