Latin: Acer saccharinum
Description - 10 - 30 m in height and spread 25 x 26 m. Often multi-trunked and lower branches descend then turn upward while upper branches ascend. Thrives well everywhere and reproduces easily.
Leaf - opposite and simple. Lobes have coarse, sharp, irregular, double teeth. End lobe narrows inwardly towards the centre of the leaf. Separated from the side lobes by narrow, deep, U-shaped notches.
Bark - young trees are smooth and grey while mature trees bark is dark, reddish-brown. Separated into long, thin, narrow flakes fastened at the centre and free at both ends giving a somewhat shaggy appearance.
Bud - long with a shoot that is red, brown, and purple.
Twig - sharp, earthy, moldy scent when peeled.
Flower - early spring maroon flowers open before leaves. Large, round flower buds cluster on side twigs. Trees can have male and female flowers, or sexes can be on separate trees.
Fruit - winged keys (samara) are in pairs or single. Pale brown, paired wings diverge at an angle of 90 degrees or more. Usually only 1 seed develops.
Habitat - found in wet areas.
Wildlife Value - seeds are eaten by birds and squirrels, deer browse on twigs. Often has a hollow trunk making homes for birds and animals.
Wood - furniture, boxes, crates, flooring, pulpwood, poor wood strength.