Acer spicatum – Mountain Maple
Attractive leaf shape and coloration. The sap can be used as a drink or boiled down to make maple syrup. Important plant for preventing erosion on stream banks and steep slopes. Spreading branches become buried in leaf litter where they put down roots and send up new shoots. Attracts pollinators.
Height : 10-30 feet Spread : 5-15 feet
Light : Full sun to part shade Water : Medium to moist
Soil : Sand, loam, clay Zone : 3-8
Leaves : Dark yellowish green in summer changing to yellow, orange and red in fall.
Stem : Bark is thin, brownish or grayish brown. Young stems are coated with grey hairs.
Flower : Yellow, green-brown in dense upright clusters 3”-6” long in May-June.
Fruit : Samaras (helicopter or key) are brilliant red or red-brown
Habit : Bushy, short-trunked tree