Leaf: Opposite, simple, orbicular, 5 to 8 inches long, 3-lobed (resembles a goose foot), serrated margin; green above and paler below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; yellow-green, bellshaped, 1/4 inch long, appear in long, hanging slender clusters in late spring.
Fruit: Paired, wide-spreading samaras, 3/4 to 1 inch long, in hanging clusters, ripen in late summer and early fall.
Twig: Moderately stout, green changing to red or reddish brown, smooth; reddish buds narrowly ovoid, stalked, valvate.
Bark: When young, smooth gray-green with prominent white lengthwise stripes, older bark becomes reddish brown.
Form: Small tree or large shrub up to 30 feet tall.
Looks like: mountain maple - red maple
Additional Range Information: Acer pensylvanicum is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. Download the full-size PDF map.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDAFS Silvics of North America - USDAFS FEIS Silvics - USDA Plants Database
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