Acer buergerianum

Trident Maple

Technical information

Height: 10m x Width: 6m

Habit & Growth rate: Slow to moderate growth rate with a slender and upright form in the early years. The Acer buergerianum forms a rounded habit as the tree matures.

Foliage: The Acer buergerianum displays coppery-red leaves over spring growing into glossy dark green leaves in summer. During the autumn months the foliage turns into very attractive shades of green, red, yellow and orange. inconspicuous green-white flowers.


The Acer buergerianum will with-stand semi-drought conditions and has good structural strength making it tolerant of windy conditions. Protection from hot northerly winds would be recommended.  In the urban landscape it is able to tolerate atmospheric pollution.  At Mt William over the years we have been able to grow a select seedling form of Acer buergerianum that with our formative pruning schedule  developments into a excellent shape with a central leader. Even though it is tolerant of semi drought conditions grows best in clay soils with some summer irrigation, particularly in the first few establishment years.

Reference: Edward F. Gilman 1997 Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes

David More & John White 2003 Cassell’s Trees Of Britain & Northern Europe.

Roger Spencer Horticultural Flora of South-Eastern Australia Volume 3.

All plant dimensions are estimates only and ultimate size and growth rates will depend on growing conditions, particularly when used in some urban environments.