A fabulous maple species closely allied to both Acer triflorum and Acer griseum sporting similarly shaped trifoliate leaves. The strong growing trees are native to regions of Siberia, Korea, China and Manchuria where they obtain impressive proportions and a handsome oval to vase-shaped crown. Fresh green leaves are held on elongated, wiry petioles and transform to luminescent shades of scarlet and red in autumn. The bark is a step apart from its cousins displaying smooth, gray qualities rather than an exfoliating nature. Plants perform admirably in both full sun and part shade exposures in average garden soil and are among the most cold hardy of the trifoliate maples.