The other day I mentioned Acer griseum in passing and I saw it the other day at Mount Usher, just past its best as far as leaf colour was concerned since most leaves had dropped, but looking wonderful with peeling bark lit by the winter sun.
This Chinese tree was introduced to Europe in 1901 by E H Wilson and is s small tree that reached about 8m high. I first planted one in my parents garden when I was about 16 and the 1m high plant arrived for Hilliers nursery and had pride of place in the front garden. It is terrifying to think that the tree is now almost 40 years old and, as they have now moved I hope the tree survives but for the first 35 years it was a delight, thriving in full sun on thick, white clay over chalk at the foot of the North Downs. It is tree for all seasons with pinkish new foliage, delicate green leaves in summer, amazing autumn foliage colour and beautiful bark.
9/10 ( has no floral beauty)