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...
(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...
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...
James H. Schutte
One of a number of maples renowned for their handsome white-striped green bark, this small deciduous tree is native to central China. A variable plant, it has an arching or upright, dense or open habit, and small to large, toothed, sometimes shallowly lobed leaves. Fall color may be brilliant or dull. The dangling winged fruits are often red-tinged and may be borne in spectacular profusion. They are preceded by inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring. Look for named selections such as 'Serpentine',...
(Rock Maple, Rocky Mountain Maple)
Native to rocky slopes and moist ravines through much of 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 three- to five-lobed, shiny, medium-green leaves that sometimes are divided into three leaflets. Fall color is a yellow to orange. Although rather sparsely branched and rangy in shady sites, it forms a much denser plant in partial...
(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...