Freeman maple Aceraceae Acer
xfreemanii E. Murray [rubrum × saccharinum] symbol: ACFR
Leaf: Opposite, simple with 3-5 deeply palmate sinuses (although not as deep as silver maple), lobe margins coarsely serrate, 2 1/2 to 5 inches long; light green above, pale, silvery white below; turning bright red to orange-red in the fall.
Flower: Many varieties are sterile; species is monoecious; greenish to reddish flowers appear in dense clusters in early spring long before leaves.
Fruit: Samara, divergent wings to 2 inches long, germinate as soon as released, mature in late spring.
Twig: Red-brown in color; buds reddish brown with large scales, flower buds often in conspicuous dense clusters.
Bark: Light gray and smooth when young, when older breaks up into long thin strips, loose at ends.
Form: A medium-sized tree with a rounded crown. Most sources claim heights of 50-70 feet. However, both parents are known to attain heights of 100 feet.
Looks like: red maple - silver maple
Additional Range Information: Acer xfreemanii is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Freeman maple.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
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