trident maple Aceraceae Acer
|Leaf: Opposite, simple, 3 triangular lobes, entire or slightly serrated margin, 2 to 3 inches long, shiny dark green above, paler or whitened beneath.
Flower: Small, yellowish-green, occurring in terminal slightly rounded clusters, appearing in mid-spring.
Fruit: Double samara, 1inch long, hanging at about a 60 degree angle, mature in October-November.
Twig: Slender, flexible, reddish brown with gray pubescence; buds conical, reddish brown sharp pointed.
Bark: Scaly and exfoliating on larger stems, gray outer bark flakes off, revealing lighter reddish brown patches.
Form: Small tree to 20-30 feet, typically forking low and spreading fairly wide into a rounded crown.
Looks like: hedge maple
- Amur maple
- Tatarian maple
| Additional Range Information:
Acer buergerianum is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson