hedge maple Aceraceae Acer
|Leaf: Opposite, simple, 3 to 5 palmately rounded lobes, entire margin, 2 to 4 inches long; dark green above, paler and downy below, milky sap exudes from petiole when detached.
Flower: Yellow-green, small, occurring in upright clusters, appear with the leaves in early spring.
Fruit: Double samaras with wings at 180 degrees, each 1 to 1 1/2 inch long, initially green or reddish but turning light brown.
Twig: Slender, light brown, opposite buds are small and grayish brown, twigs will often develop corky fissures.
Bark: Gray-brown, corky fissures and ridges, later becoming shallowly ridged and furrowed.
Form: A small tree that reaches up to 35 feet tall, round, dense crown, low branching.
Looks like: trident maple
| Additional Range Information:
Acer campestre is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting hedge maple.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson