Acer griseum (Franch.) Pax, Pflanzenr. IV, 163: 30 1902. (syn: Acer nikoense var. griseum Franch.; Acer pedunculatum K.S.Hao; Crula grisea Nieuwl.);
It is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree, reaching 6–9 m (20–30 ft) tall and 5–6 m (16–20 ft) wide, with a trunk up to 70 cm (28 in) in diameter. The bark is smooth, shiny orange-red, peeling in thin, papery layers; it may become fissured in old trees. The shoots are densely downy at first, this wearing off by the second or third year and the bark exfoliating by the third or fourth year. The leaves are compound, with a 2–4 cm petiole with three leaflets, each 3-10 cm long and 2-6 cm broad, dark green above, bright glaucous blue-green beneath, with several blunt teeth on the margins. The yellow flowers are androdioecious, produced in small pendent corymbs in spring, the fruit being a paired samara with two winged seeds about 1 cm long with a 3 cm wing.
Acer griseum is found in the Chinese provinces of Gansu, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shanxi and Sichuan, at altitudes of 1,500–2,000 m (4,921–6,562 ft).
Acer griseum was introduced to cultivation in Europe in 1901 by Ernest Henry Wilson for the Veitch Nurseries, and to North America shortly after. It is one of many species of maples widely grown as ornamental plants in temperate regions. It is admired for its decorative exfoliating bark, translucent pieces of which often stay attached to the branches until worn away. It also has spectacular autumn foliage which can include red, orange and pink tones.
(From Wikipedia on 18.1.14)
Sapindaceae Fortnight: Acer griseum from California-GS-3 : Attachments (3). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Acer griseum photographed from SFO Botanical Garden, California.
Tree For ID : California : 24NOV14 : AK-58 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Small tree seen at the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco on 30/9/14.
Bark was peeling off.
Could be Acer Species, Acer griseum ref … post.
Sorry for the bad picture quality due to cloudy weather.
if you had changed your white balance to cloudy or even sunset… and gone to scene or even beech mode …
Thanks for confirming the id.
Next time, I will remember to change the settings.
During this visit, it was just running from one tree to another.