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Shantung Maple

Single or multiple trunked deciduous round-headed tree. Native to northern China.

Scientific Name:
Acer truncatum
Mature Height:
20' - 30'
Mature Spread:
20' - 30'
Glossy green, palmate (5 lobes), 3 - 5" long. Red, orange or yellow in fall.
Small, yellow - showy for 2 weeks.
Semara (winged seed), 1" long, dry, green.
Root System:
No large surface roots.
Growth Rate:
Can grow rapidly with care when young. Moderate - fairly fast.
Cultural Notes:
Tolerates soil with all textures, slightly alkaline to acidic. Full sun, very drought tolerant when established.
Sacramento Specimen:
Close to Mark Hall near the lake at UCD.

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from SMUD pad mounted equipment (such as a transformer mounted on a concrete pad): 8 feet
  • from a building foundation: 10 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 6 feet
  • from an air conditioner: 6 feet
  • from a fence: 6 feet
  • from a utility offset (such as an underground line, pipe or cable): 6 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 20 feet
  • from a swimming pool: 12 feet
  • from a septic system: 20 feet
  • between trees*: 15 feet

* To calculate the planting distance between different size trees, add the distances between each species in the column and divide answer in half. Example: the distance between a Red Maple (large tree) and Amur Maple (small tree) is calculated: 25 feet + 15 feet = 40 feet ÷ 2 = 20 feet. The distance between these two different size trees should be 20 feet.