Leaf: Opposite, simple, serrated, 2 to 4 inches long, 3 lobed; middle lobe is usually much longer than two side lobes; shiny green above, paler below. Leaf shape is highly variable.
Flower: Long-stemmed, pale yellow or creamy, tall wide clusters; appearing in early spring.
Fruit: Samara, 3/4 to 1" long, hanging at very tight angles or nearly parallel, ripen in early fall and persist.
Twig: Slender, glabrous, reddish brown, lighter lenticels, raised leaf scars and short broad buds.
Bark: Grayish brown, smooth, with darker striations or furrows with age.
Form: Small tree to 20 feet tall, multi-stemmed, spreading crown.
Looks like: Tatarian maple - trident maple - hedge maple
Additional Range Information: Acer ginnala is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. Download the full-size PDF map.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information