|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.
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. 
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.
State Street Miyabe Maple
Acer miyabei 'Morton'
Autumn Blaze Freeman Maple
White Tigress Maple
Typical Maple Leaves
Schlesinger Red Maple
Autumn Flame Maple
Bowhall Red Maple
Temple's Upright Sugar
Tilford Red Maple
Green Mountain Sugar Maple
Durand Dwarf Maple
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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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