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An adaptable and variable maple, this native of Europe and West Asia typically forms a large wide-spreading tree. The deeply lobed dark green deciduous leaves resemble those of sycamore. They may turn yellow in fall. The winged fruits – known as samaras – drop from the tree in helicopter fashion. They are preceded by inconspicuous spring flowers. The bark is gray and flaky. Numerous cultivars have been selected, including yellow-, pink-, and purple-leaved forms.
Happy in almost any well-drained soil, this tough tree does well in sun or partial shade and tolerates drought and salt spray. It often self-sows in favorable environments, sometimes to the point of invasiveness. Use it as a shade tree for large properties or difficult sites, or employ its showy-leaved cultivars as accent plants.
8 - 1
5 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
15'-100' / 4.6m - 30.5m (70)
15'-75' / 4.6m - 22.9m
Europe, Western Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Yellow Green
Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees
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