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...
(Ivy-leaved Maple )
The low, broad, cloud-like silhouette of this small deciduous tree from Japan makes a striking garden picture. Offering four seasons of interest, vineleaf maple bears long cylindrical clusters of relatively large greenish yellow flowers in spring, with male and female flowers occurring on separate trees. On female trees showy masses of pinkish winged fruits follow the flowers, persisting through summer. Shiny, bright green, three-parted leaves that resemble Boston ivy foliage expand shortly after...
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',...
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...
(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...
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...