|Grid reference||ST 18774 78537|
|Common name||Trident maple|
|Origin||East China & Korea|
|Height||5.5M November 2015|
|Girth||32cm October 2015|
This young tree is on the west side of brook towards the south end.
It was grown by Roger and Vicky Smith and they presented it to Roath Park.
General tree description
Acer buergerianum is a small to medium sized tree that can reach a height of 16 metres. It has a dense, irregular dome and light brown bark, pinkish and flaking when young, becoming red-brown and fissured on mature trees. The common name is derived from the shape of its three-lobed leaves whose side lobes are triangular and forward-pointing. They are 3 to 8cm long, untoothed, shiny dark green above and glaucous underneath, turning a rich crimson in autumn. The flowers are yellow and inconspicuous, opening in early April. The fruit is a samara with two winged seeds, the wings forward-pointing.