Offering color at all seasons, this small shrubby deciduous tree is native to moist mountainous regions of central and southern Japan. Erect, many-branched, and bushy, it bears oval, glossy, bluish green leaves that typically have red stems, purplish undersides, and two small side lobes. The leaves turn yellow in fall, sometimes deepening to orange or maroon. The trunk and older branches are dull green with purple and gray striations. Younger branches are purple-red or green. Dainty clusters of small...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Bigtooth or canyon maple boasts great fall foliage color while being better suited to colder, drier regions than the sugar maple. This impressive native of the intermountain West of the United States and extreme northern Mexico usually grows along stream banks. The large leaves are three to five lobed and have blunt tips. Fall coloring is typically reddish, but tones of yellow or pinkish red are not out of the realm of possibility.
Bigtooth maple is a hardy tree, tolerant of high soil alkalinity...
James H. Schutte
Paperbark maple is a small, oval to rounded deciduous tree native to central China. It has distinctive three-parted leaves of dark green that turn orange-red and bronze tones in fall. This tree is best known for its beautiful, peeling coppery cinnamon bark, which looks lovely year-round.
Paperbark maple does best in sites with moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. The winged fruits of this maple are usually sterile, so it is not weedy. Though slow growing, this highly attractive...
Mark A. Miller
Henry's maple is a somewhat small deciduous shade tree that has wonderful fall color and a very attractive disply of seeds. This native of central China has compound leaves with three leaflets that emerge pink or bronzed before deepening to dark green. Small, unremarkable green flowers appear in mid spring. By late summer, the long, pendent strings of light green seeds dangle from the branches, creating a look much like Spanish moss draping on live oaks. In autumn, the leaves change to shades of...
(Nepal Maple, Smooth Maple)
A maple with long, narrow and glossy leaves, you may mistake this tree for an exotic coffee tree across its native range of the highlands from Bhutan and Nepal across southern China to Vietnam. The smooth or Nepal maple bears light olive-green, evergreen leaves that are somewhat rippled across their surface because of raised veins. Newest leaves emerge with a pinkish coppery color. Tiny teeth occur on the leaf edges, and the leaf petiole stems are pinkish red and are smooth. Naturally occurring variety...
(Chalk Maple, White-barked Maple)
In regions where the sugar maple falters because of intense summer heat or dry soils, the chalk maple may prove a worthy substitute. Native to the understory of the woods across the American Southeast, from eastern Texas and Oklahoma eastward to the Florida Panhandle and the Carolinas, the chalk oak can develop with a single trunk or multiple trunks. It always displays low branches and creates an upright, rounded silhouette.
Tiny yellow flower occur in spring, followed by green leaves with five...
(Big-leaf Maple, Oregon Maple, Pacific Maple)
This immense deciduous tree bears the largest leaves of all maple species and is spectacular when it turns golden in the fall. It is counted among the few true western native maples, its range extending from foothills of Alaska to southern California and eastward to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is nearly always found in conjunction with streams and creeks. In warmer regions it grows at the base of north-facing slopes where perpetual shade and summer dampness support its need for moisture during...
(Ash-Leaved Maple, Boxelder)
Box elder is a medium-sized to large, fast growing, short-lived deciduous tree native to many regions in North America. Typically low-branched with furrowed light gray to gray-brown bark, it bears bright green, compound leaves with three or sometimes five leaflets. Inconspicuous greenish yellow flowers emerge with the leaves. Male and female flowers occur on separate trees. Box elder is rarely grown as a landscape tree due to its weedy, weak-wooded nature, but a few cultivars with unique ornamental...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Ash-Leaved Maple, Boxelder)
Box elder is a short-lived deciduous tree native to many regions in North America. Although sometimes scorned as an ornamental plant because of its weak wood and its penchant for self-sowing, it has given rise to many attractive cultivars. Introduced in the late nineteenth century, 'Auratum' has three-parted, lemon-yellow leaves with contrasting red stems. The leaves hold their color through summer. Fall color is usually unremarkable. A female selection, it produces inconspicuous greenish yellow...