Miyabe maple Aceraceae Acer
miyabei Maxim. symbol: --
Leaf: Opposite, simple and palmately veined, 3 to 5 inches long and slightly wider, 3 to 5 lobed, with rounded teeth, entire margins, deep sinuses, exudes milky white sap from the petiole when detached, slightly cordate at the base, green above, lighter below.
Flower: Yellow to green, small, clustered, hanging from a long (2 to 3 inch) stem, appearing in early spring with the leaves.
Fruit: Double samaras with wings at 180 degrees, each 1/2 to 1 inch long, the seed cavity densely pubescent.
Twig: Slender and shiny, reddish brown, terminal buds sharp pointed, reddish brown and fuzzy.
Bark: Gray-brown to red-brown and corky when young, becoming broken and fissured, much later becoming scaly with a fluted trunk.
Form: A small to medium size tree with an oval crown, overall graceful at maturity.
Looks like: Norway maple - sugar maple - Shantung maple
Additional Range Information: Acer miyabei is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson