mountain maple

(Acer spicatum)

Conservation Status
mountain maple
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Great Plains

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Midwest

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland

     
           
 
Description
 
 

Mountain maple is usually a tall shrub, sometimes a small tree.

The terminal lobe of the leaf is less than half the length of the entire blade, and is tapered along the sides all the way to the crotch.

The inflorescence is an erect, 1½ to 3 long spike.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

10 to 20

 
     
 

Record

 
 

There is no champion mountain maple in Minnesota.

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

Yellowish-green

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

Red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum) is a medium to large tree. The terminal lobe of the leaf is about half the length of the entire blade. It is acutely angled at the tip but squarish below. The inflorescence is a short, dense cluster of flowers from lateral buds on the branches.

 
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Upland hardwood and coniferous forests, swamp forests.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

Late mid-May to early July

 
     
 

Pests and Diseases

 
 

Ocellate gall midge (Acericecis ocellaris)

Purple Bordered Leaf Spot (Phyllosticta minima)

Speckled Tar Spot (Rhytisma punctatum) forms many medium-sized spots on maple leaves which, on close examination, are clusters of numerous very small spots.

 
     
 
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Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 28, 29, 30.

 
  5/15/2023      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)  
  Superorder Rosanae  
 

Order

Sapindales (soapberries, cashews, mahoganies, and allies)  
 

Family

Sapindaceae (soapberry)  
  Subfamily Hippocastanoideae  
  Tribe Acereae  
 

Genus

Acer (maples)  
  Section Parviflora  
  Series Caudata  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

moose maple

mountain maple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Published on Jun 27, 2012

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