Deciduous, spreading tree up to 20 m tall; young branches glabrous to finely hairy, light brown, becoming furrowed with age.
Opposite, pinnately compound, with 3-7 (9) leaflets, oblong-lanceolate to oblanceolate, coarsely few-toothed, usually hairy.
Inflorescence of racemes in dense axillary clusters on slender stalks, male and female flowers on separate trees; petals lacking.
Winged in pairs, 2.5-3.8 cm long, hairy, pairs attached in a V-shape.
This species is probably naturalized in BC.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Summer to Fall
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|ESSF(1), IDF(2), PP(2)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
TAXONOMIC KEY TO ACER
1. Leaves pinnately compound; petals absent ..........A. negundo
2. Flowers 10-50; inflorescence racemose or in panicles; trees up to 30 m tall.
3. Leaves grey, white or purplish below, the stalks without milky juice when cut; inflorescence in long, hanging panicles; fruits glabrous ..........A. pseudoplatanus
4. Leaves lobed beyond the middle, the tips abruptly sharp-pointed; inflorescence racemose; fruits hairy ..........A. macrophyllum
2. Flowers usually less than 10; inflorescence umbellate or corymbose; plants usually shrublike and less than 10 m tall.
5. Leaves 3- to 5-lobed, glabrous to sparsely glandular short-hairy; sepals green.......... A. glabrum