The Four-Season Maple

If you're looking for a tree that stands out in every season, find yourself a paperbark maple. Botanically called Acer griseum, it's a stunner from May, when its leaves begin to slowly unfurl, the horticultural version of a fan dance.

Plant just about anything beneath it for an instant vertical accent--coppery hues of curled bark, like cinnamon far from Ceylon.

Beginning in October, the leaves slowly change--darkening and becoming mottled in bright pumpkin shades before turning to bright orangey-red.

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