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Trident Maple(8 of 9)

(Acer buergerianum)
25-35 feet high, 15-25 feet wide
Zones 5-8 (9)
Excellent small-lawn tree. A rounded, tidy canopy, three-lobed leaves that turn yellow, orange and red in fall and exfoliating, multi-colored bark. New leaves open bronzy to purple in spring, maturing to glossy, dark green. Usually pest-free. Check out variegated forms.

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