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Mint Wash - Tr 345
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Granite Mtn - Tr 347
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Granite Mtn - Tr 345
Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Deciduous. Cultivated, grows rapidly as a large shade tree. Relatively short lived. In nature, more likely to be a multi-trunked shrub, 10 - 15 feet. Has widest range of all North American maples. Likes moist locations, rivers, lakes, riparian areas.
Height: 50 feet     Width: 50 feet


Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 3500 - 8000 feet

Similar Species: Acer glabrum, Acer grandidentatum

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow-green   Shape: Inconspicuous in elongated clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Apr - May
Description: Flowers are incomplete and lack petals. Inflorescences are droopy, aggregates of flowers, 3/16 inch long. Female flowers in hanging terminal cluster. Male flowers in flat-topped cluster on separate trees.

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green   Type: Compound   Shape: Round or Oval   Margin: Toothed   Attachment: Opposite   Hairs: N
Description: Leaves are pinnately compound. Bright green above and light green,and hairy beneath. Thick. Six inches long with 3 to 7 toothed leaflets to 4 inches long. Turns pale yellow in fall.
Spines: N

Fruit Characteristics

Color: Brown   Type: Winged   Description: Winged seed cases to 1-1/2 inch long, paired, clustered and V - shaped. Seeds eaten by small animals and birds.

Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Gray to brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Pale colored trunk may reach 2-1/2 feet in diameter.

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