Mountain Maple (Acer spicatum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7a
Plant Height: 20 to 35 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Other: Small winged samaras that turn bright red in late summer.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: Yellowish-green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Erosion control
Pollinators: Various insects

Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/

Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 3, 2019 11:30 AM

I have not yet beheld this species. On page 214 of my small book of "A Guide to Field Identification, Trees of North America" by Frank Brockman from Golden Press, it shows a leaf and flower cluster of this small maple species native to Newfoundland and nearby southeast Canada down New England down the Appalachians to northern Georgia and then around the upper regions of the Great Lakes in cool, moist habitats and on mountain tops. It is similar to the Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) of nearly the same native range. It can be a larger shrub or smaller tree. The leaves are 2 to 5 inches long and wide, usually 3-lobed, though 5-lobed is occasional, and the leaf margins are more coarsely toothed than the Striped Maple. Its yellow flower clusters borne in late spring are erect racemes with staminate (male) flowers above and pistillate (female) below. The paired samaras have the wings more pointed downward like a C formation. Twigs and buds are covered with fine hair. The thin bark is reddish-brown.

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Maple ID please by mozart007 Nov 1, 2019 10:41 AM 8
(Acer); Black Hawks won the Stanley Cup, what about the Maple Leafs? by frankrichards16 Jun 17, 2015 6:54 AM 6

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