Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Rough-Barked Maple or Three-Flowered Maple
This very rare maple is another example of the genus in the
maple collection in Belfast Botanic Gardens. It is a small, slow-growing tree
from Northern China and Korea with distinctive leaves divided into three separate
leaflets and pale grey-brown flaking bark. Like Acer
which is close to it in the Botanic Gardens, it usually
has spectacular autumn colour. The flowers are in threes, hence the species
name. It was introduced in 1923, but rarely seen outside of arboreta and Botanic
Gardens. Mature examples are in the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. RHS award
of garden merit .The Belfast Botanic Gardens example is near the path from
the Botanic School gate to the Palm House.
|Acer triflorum in Belfast Botanic Gardens - autumn
||Acer triflorum in Belfast Botanic Gardens - autumn
|Acer triflorum - 3 leaflets on each leaf
||Acer triflorum - rough flaking bark
|Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2009 and 2010. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.
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