Mountain Maple

      FAMILY: Maple
      HEIGHT: 15 TO 20 ft.

      Mountain Maple, also called Dwarf Maple, is a small shrubby tree of eastern mountains. Leaves, usually three-lobed, with small teeth, turn brilliant yellow and red in fall. The cluster of small greenish flowers with narrow petals froms an erect spike--unusual in Maples.

      Fruits, in hanging clusters, are red. The bark is smooth, thin, green when young, becoming reddish-brown with age. Another small maple of eastern mountains is Striped Maple or Moosewood. Its smooth, greenish bark has thin, white stripes; the leaves are large, broad, and rounded at the base.