Maple family (Aceraceae)
Origin: Europe & Asia
Description: Up to 30 m, with a short trunk, sparse branches and smooth or shallowly ridged, greyish bark. Twigs tinged with red. Leaves palmately lobed, the lobes with a few teeth. Flowers appearing just before the leaves, males and females in separate clusters, yellowish green or sometimes red, with 5 petals. Fruits 3.5-5 cm, paired, the wings of each pair horizontal or forming a wide angle.
Comments: Cultivars with foliage tinged dark red or purple are frequently planted and may be more common than the typical variety in some areas.
- Cappadocian maple
- London Plane has similar shaped leaves but is distinguished by the flaking bark, and very different flowers and fruits.