mountain maple Aceraceae Acer spicatum
Leaf:Opposite, simple, orbicular, 3 to 4 inches long, 3 sometimes 5 short lobes, broad v-shaped sinuses, coarsely serrated margin; dark yellowish green above and paler, somewhat hairy below.
Flower:Species is monoecious; greenish yellow, in 3 to 6 inch erect, slender, terminal clusters, appearing after the leaves in early summer.
Fruit:Paired samaras, 1/2 inch long, spreading less than 90 degrees, seed cavity indented on one side, occurring in hanging clusters, maturing in late summer.
Twig:Slender, yellow-green in summer, generally pale red in winter with short gray fuzz; buds 1/4 inch long, red with some gray fuzz, stalked and valvate.
Bark:Thin, grayish brown to light brown, initially smooth but later splitting and developing shallow furrows.
Form:Large shrub or small, tree up to 25 feet tall and 6 inches in diameter.