Trident Maple


Trident Maple has a spreading canopy that makes a beautiful shade tree. The unique 3-lobed leaves and an easily thickening trunk, making it a favorite among bonsai enthusiasts. Trident Maple provides beautiful fall color in shades of yellow, orange and red. These are seedling grown trees. Not a grafted cultivar.

  • Scientific Name: Acer buergerianum
  • USDA Zone: 5 – 8
  • Average Height: 20′ – 35′
  • Average Width: 20′ – 30′
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Japanese Maple Planting/Care Instructions

Before planting, have your soil tested to see what amendments are needed. Click this link to check your frost dates: Frost Dates. Choose the right time of the year to plant according to your zone. When you receive your tree, soak the root ball in water for 20 minutes upon arrival before planting or potting. Gently break up the root ball. This will help the roots of the plant to grow out into the soil. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of your plant. Fill in the hole tightly with soil to avoid any air pockets. Plant your maple with the root flare above the soil line.

Japanese maples planted in the ground generally do not need fertilizer. If they are grown in containers, you can add a bit of slow-release fertilizer. Variegated cultivars should not be fertilized. Be sure to water your plants until they are established. In addition, pull weeds out when they appear. They take nutrients from the soil.

Young grafted trees will continue to have new growth on the rootstock for several years. If new buds or branches develop on the rootstock, pinch them off. If a larger branch develops, use sterile pruners to remove. Prune plants as needed to encourage growth. Always sterilize your pruners. If you have trouble keeping up with your pruners, check out our locally hand-made leather pruner holster here.

Lastly, enjoy your Trident Maple and your time in the garden!

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Please Note: We currently do not ship plants to Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah or Washington. These states have strict shipping regulations against pests from other states. Extended transit time is also a factor in this decision. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Many factors influence which plants will thrive in a given location. Heat, cold, and elevation are just a few that can have a big impact.
Plants may have been recently potted up and have not completely rooted in. Please grow them in the pots one full growing season before planting in the ground.

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