Freeman maple Aceraceae Acer xfreemanii
Leaf:Opposite, simple with 3-5 deeply palmate sinuses (although not as deep as silver maple), lobe margins coarsely serrate, 2 1/2 to 5 inches long; light green above, pale, silvery white below; turning bright red to orange-red in the fall.
Flower:Many varieties are sterile; species is monoecious; greenish to reddish flowers appear in dense clusters in early spring long before leaves.
Fruit:Samara, divergent wings to 2 inches long, germinate as soon as released, mature in late spring.
Twig:Red-brown in color; buds reddish brown with large scales, flower buds often in conspicuous dense clusters.
Bark:Light gray and smooth when young, when older breaks up into long thin strips, loose at ends.
Form:A medium-sized tree with a rounded crown. Most sources claim heights of 50-70 feet. However, both parents are known to attain heights of 100 feet.