Shantung Maple


Acer truncatum

  • Landscape Size: 20 to 25’ feet tall and 15 to 20’ feet wide
  • Sun: Full sunn/Partial Shade
  • Foliage: Deciduous
  • Uses: Waterwise, Shade Tree, Under utility lines
  • Heat Tolerance: High
  • Water: Low-medium water.
  • Growth: 24”-36” year
  • Zone 4-8.

In fall, the foliage takes on shades of yellow, orange, red and even some purple.

It is also small enough to use under power lines.

Long-lived hardwood.

Shantung maple, an Asian species, makes a good specimen or street tree. The glossy foliage emerges with a reddish color and then changes to a dark green. Shantung Maples are a distinctly different species from the Japanese maples. Shantung’s are low maintenance, sun-loving trees with reliable fall color. An elegant, colorful and stately addition to your landscape.

They prefer full sun but can tolerate some shade. (This is the opposite of Japanese Maples). Relatively drought tolerant but will grow better with some water.

Shantung Maple (Acer truncatum) grows 1′-2′ annually reaching  25″ tall and wide. New growth is purple-red, hence its common name Purple Blow Maple. This maple does well in heavy clay or dry sandy soils. A smaller tree, it can be planted closer to structures. Golden yellow fall color. Produces a winged fruit called a samara (helicopter seeds). Low to regular water. Zone 4.