Lisa's Landscape & Design

Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time
Shantung Maple Spring leaves, Lisa LaPaso

Shantung Maple

Growing up in the Chicago area, one of my favorite things about the experience and environment was the trees. People travel to the east coast just to see the changing of the leaves, and for good reason. When I came to Texas as a young teen I made it my mission to find trees with color and texture that were unique to the landscape and Shantung Maple has been a delightful find. 

Shantung maple, Lisa LaPaso

Shantung Maple (Acer trancatum) is a beautiful maple tree for Central Texas. Unlike the Silver maple with its highly invasive roots, or the Red maple that are prone to disease and leaf scorch, this well adapted maple is low water in full sun and an excellent shade tree for hardiness zones 4-8. 

Spring Color

Shantung Maple, fall color, Lisa LaPaso

The new spring leaves of the Shantung Maple are just as bright as the fall color it provides. It also produces green/yellow flowers as the budding leaves return. 

Shantung maple flowers

Beautiful and Shapely 

Shantung Maple, Lisa LaPaso

Fast growing to 25’ tall x 20’ wide. it has an upright structure that provides privacy and shade in smaller spaces. 

Interesting Bark

Shantung Maple, Bark, Lisa LaPaso

Not only is the tree lovely, but the bark is too. With gray to caramel tones, it adds interesting texture the landscape all year. Trees should be cherished not only for their shade, flower and fruit, but also for their bark and textural interest.

True Maple Leaves

Shantung Maple Spring leaves, Lisa LaPaso

As a cousin to the Japanese Maple, the leaves are shiny and well formed. It’s the only maple of this kind for Texas sun. This acclimated tree is non invasive, drought tolerant and disease resistant. 

Upright Growth Habit 

Shantung Maple, Lisa LaPaso

Growing in a rounded and uniform nature, it is a stately structure with flowers and fall color for any landscape. 

Lisa LaPaso

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