A close relative of Norway maple that in many ways surpasses it as an ornamental plant, this small to medium-sized deciduous tree is found from eastern Asia to the Caucasus. In spring, clusters of small yellowish green flowers decorate the twigs, opening just before the showy purple-red new leaves emerge. The five-lobed leaves mature to glossy dark green. Broken leaf stems emit a milky latex. In autumn, the leaves turn rich golden-yellow. This tree has a gray, rough-barked trunk, and often produces...
A close relative of Norway maple that in many ways surpasses it as an ornamental plant, coliseum maple is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree found from eastern Asia to the Caucasus. The leaves of the cultivar 'Aureum' are yellow in spring and fall. In spring, clusters of small yellowish green flowers decorate the twigs, opening just before leaves expand. The five-lobed leaves emerge purple red, change quickly to greenish-yellow with bronze tips, and mature to green. In autumn, the leaves turn...
Bearing leaves that resemble those of a hornbeam, this small deciduous tree from Japan is among the most refined and unusual maples. Sinuous smooth-barked dark gray branches with reddish twigs bear narrowly oval, toothed leaves with numerous pairs of lateral veins. The leaves turn gold or bronze-yellow in fall, then to brown, often persisting through much of winter. This dense, rounded tree bears chains of small greenish flowers in spring, followed by winged green fruits that mature to brown.
(Oregon Vine Maple, Vine Maple)
Oregon vine maple is a small, clump forming, deciduous tree native to northwestern North America. In spring, it bears small drooping clusters of attractive white and purple flowers, followed by winged reddish-green fruits. The pretty fan-shaped leaves of medium green emerge from crimson buds in spring and turn brilliant scarlet-orange to red in the fall. The green bark provides winter interest.
This maple prefers partial shade, shelter from high winds, and moist, well-drained soil. It makes a...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
The genus Acer is comprised of approximately 125 species of primarily deciduous trees and large shrubs, and literally thousands of hybrids and cultivated varieties. These have a broad native distribution and can be found throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
As a genus, maples may be characterized by opposite leaf arrangement, palmate or three-parted leaves and helicopter-like fruits called samaras. Maple sizes and habits are highly variable, and cultural requirements and uses are...
(Douglas's Rock Maple)
Native to rocky slopes and moist ravines in far western North America, this small, hardy, relatively drought tolerant maple makes a good choice for low-maintenance landscapes within its native range. An upright, typically multistemmed shrub or small tree, it has shallowly three-lobed, medium-green leaves that turn a good yellow in fall. Although rather sparsely branched and rangy in shady sites, it forms a much denser plant in partial sun. Its greenish yellow flowers appear in early spring, followed...
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...