Acer triflorum (Three-Flowered Maple) Seeds
Zone: 4 to 8.
Northeastern China and Korea.
An attractive smaller tree with a rounded crown and medium green trifoliate leaves that turn orange to red in autumn. In spring flowers appear in three-flowered clusters, hence its botanic and common names. An exfoliating bark is another interesting feature of this desirable tree for the discriminating tree collector.
Tree does best in full sun or partial shade and prefers moist, acidic soils with good drainage.
Size: Height 25 to 30 ft; Width 12 to 25 ft.
Stratification: Seeds require several weeks of warm stratification followed by 90 – 120 days cold stratification at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F).
- First place seeds in a container with warm water and leave them in the water for about 24 hours.
- Place seeds in sandwich bag(s), with a bit of damp sand or vermiculite to keep moist. The mixture should be moist not soggy.
- Keep seeds at about 20 Celsius for several weeks. Occasionally spray some water so that the seeds do not dry out.
- Next place the bag(s) with the seeds in the refrigerator for 90 to 120 days.
- Occasionally check to see if seeds are starting to sprout.
- After the required time or when it seems that they are sprouting, transplant seeds in a container and where they can grow. The seeds of this species have a deep dormancy and requires some patience. Hence plant more seeds to ensure that some will germinate.