Family Aceraceae - Maples
Maples are some of our most beloved trees. They offer a great variety of form, size, and foliage; many display striking autumn color.
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sugar and black maples
A lovely stand of sugar and black maples at the Morton Arboretum
Maples grow to 45 meters (145 ft), or occur as shrubs less than 10 meters tall. Most are deciduous, but a few in southern Asia and the Mediterranean region are evergreen. Most are shade-tolerant when young, and are often late-successional in ecology; many of the root systems are typically dense and fibrous. A few species produce root sprouts which can develop into clone colonies.

Maples are distinguished by opposite leaf arrangement. The leaves in most species are palmate veined and lobed, with 3 to 9 (rarely to 13) veins each leading to a lobe, one of which is central or apical. A small number of species differ in having palmate compound, pinnate compound, pinnate veined or unlobed leaves. [1]

Maples are important ornamentals for lawns, along streets, and in parks. They offer a great variety of form, size, and foliage; many display striking autumn color. The red maple (A. rubrum) is one of the most common trees in its native eastern North America, where it tolerates compacted wet soils and city pollution.

Box elder (A. negundo) grows quickly to 30–50 ft (9–15 m) and resists drought, so early prairie settlers planted many for shade and for wood to make crates, furniture, paper pulp, and charcoal. The watery, sweet sap of the sugar maple (A. saccharum) is boiled down for maple syrup and sugar; the wood of certain maples is used for furniture.

Snakeskin Maple - Acer grosseri
Snakeskin Maple
State Street® Miyabe Maple - Acer miyabei 'Morton'
State Street Miyabe Maple
 Acer miyabei 'Morton'
Striped Maple - Acer pensylvanicum
Striped Maple
Acer pensylvanicum
Autumn Blaze Maple
Autumn Blaze Freeman Maple
Sugar Maple
Sugar Maple
Norway Maple  "Crimson King"
 "Crimson King"

Coleman Sugar
White Tigress Maple
White Tigress Maple
Red Maple
Red Maple
Hornbeam Maple
Hornbeam Maple
Miyabe Maple - Acer miyabei
Miyabe Maple
Paperbark Maple
Paperbark Maple
Ivy-leaved Maple
Ivy-leaved Maple
Typical Maple Leaves
Typical Maple Leaves
Schlesinger Red Maple - Acer rubrum 'Schlesinger'
Schlesinger Red Maple
Autumn Flame Red Maple - Acer rubrum 'Autumn Flame'
Autumn Flame  Maple
Bowhall Red Maple - Acer rubrum 'Bowhall'
Bowhall Red Maple

Temple's Upright Sugar
Tilford Red Maple - Acer rubrum 'Tilford'
Tilford Red Maple
Green Mountain Sugar Maple
Green Mountain Sugar Maple
Painted Maple - Acer mono
Painted Maple
Durand Dwarf Amur Maple
Durand Dwarf Maple
Freeman's Maple
Freeman's Maple
Hedge Maple - Acer campestre
Hedge Maple
Hairy-veined Maple - Acer barbinerve
Bearded Maple
Tschonoski Maple - Acer tschonoskii
Tschonoski Maple

Deep-Veined Maple
Trident Maple - Acer buergerianum
Trident Maple
Armstrong Freeman's Maple
Armstrong Freeman's Maple

Japanese Maple
 
Amur Maple - Acer ginnala05/14/2015
Armstrong Freeman's Maple - Acer x freemanii 'Armstrong'05/14/2015
Autumn Blaze Maple - Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze'05/14/2015
Autumn Flame Red Maple - Acer rubrum 'Autumn Flame'05/14/2015
Bearded Maple - Acer barbinerve05/14/2015
Bowhall Red Maple - Acer rubrum 'Bowhall'05/14/2015
Coleman Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum 'Coleman'05/14/2015
Deep-Veined Maple - Acer argutum05/14/2015
Durand Dwarf Amur Maple - Acer ginnala05/14/2015
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Globe Norway Maple - Acer platanoides 'Globosum'05/14/2015
Green Mountain Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum05/14/2015
Hedge Maple - Acer campestre05/14/2015
Hornbeam Maple - Acer carpinifolium05/14/2015
Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum05/14/2015
Marmo Freeman's Maple - Acer x freemanii 'Marmo'05/14/2015
Norway Maple Tree - Acer platanoides "Crimson King"05/14/2015
Red Sunset Maple - Acer rubrum 'Franksred'05/14/2015
Schlesinger Red Maple - Acer rubrum 'Schlesingeri'05/14/2015
Shantung Maple - Acer truncatum05/14/2015
Snakeskin Maple - Acer grosseri05/14/2015
State Street Miyabe Maple05/14/2015
Striped Maple - Acer pensylvanicum05/14/2015
Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum05/14/2015
Temple's Upright Sugar Maple05/14/2015
Tilford Red Maple - Acer rubrum 'Tilford'05/14/2015
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Trident Maple - Acer buergerianum05/14/2015
Tschonoski Maple - Acer tschonoskii05/14/2015
White Tigress Maple - Acer tegmentosum05/14/2015
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Family Aceraceae - Maples
The Maples are some of our most familiar and beloved trees.  Most are native to the far east: China, Japan, Korea, Manchuria. Maples produce a distinctive winged fruit called a samara, also commonly known as helicopters or whirlybirds.
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