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Sapindaceae - Soapberry Family

Maples, Buckeyes & Horse-chestnuts, Golden Rain Tree

Maples (Acer) previously in Aceraceae - Maple Family

Most maple trees have simple leaves with palmate venation and 3 - 5 main lobes. A few have compound leaves and others are simple without lobes. A common feature is that the leaves are opposite and the fruit is a schizocarp, often called a samaras or simply helicopters.

Buckeyes and Horse-chestnuts (Aesculus) previously in Hippocastanaceae - Horse-chestnut Family

Common Features

Leaves are palmately compound and opposite, fruit enclosed in thick husk with seams, with or without small spines, containing one to three smooth, usually globular seeds with white "eye"


Acer cissifolium - Ivy leaved maple

Acer cissifolium - Ivy-leaved Maple photograph of habit in late Spring Acer cissifolium - Ivy-leaved Maple photograph of fall colors of yellow and red Acer cissifolium - Ivy-leaved Maple photograph of buds beginning to open
Acer forrestii - Forrest maple

  

Acer forrestii spring habit Acer forrestii trunk and yellow bark sometimes called snake bark. Acer forrestii picture of  new leaves and flowers
Acer griseum - Paperbark maple

  

Sample of exfoliating bark on Paper-barked maple Winter buds of Paper-barked maple fruit of Acer griseum in late June
Acer japonicum - Fullmoon maple

  

Acer japonicum flowers Acer japonicum flowers Acer japonicum flowers
Acer negundo - Boxelder

  

Acer negundo - Boxelder winter identification- young twigs may be yellow green or red. Acer negundo - Boxelder winter identification - close up of bud Acer negundo - Boxelder winter identification buds appear to be somwhat hairy. New twigs often have a whitish "bloom"
Acer nigrum - Black maple

  

Acer nigrum - Black Maple - Spring habit Photo taken April 20, 2006 Acer nigrum - Black Maple - Next year's buds are in place - Photo taken October 12, 2010 Acer nigrum - Black Maple - Fall colors - Photo taken October 12, 2010
Acer platanoides - Norway maple

  

Acer platanoides, Norway maple Spring buds closeup Acer platanoides, Norway maple Spring habit, flowers, leaves and buds Acer platanoides, Norway maple Spring, leaves opening
Acer rubrum - Red maple

  

Acer rubrum photo of male and female red maple trees in summer 2006, male tree had beautiful red and yellow leaves. color was much less vibrant and there were few leaves on female tree photo of winter floral buds on male red maple tree, Acer rubrum, photo taken on 2005-02-05 photo of male flowers of Acer rubrum, red maple, tree.
Acer saccharinum - Silver maple

  

Photo of Silver maple entire tree in late March Photo of Acer saccharinum close up of pistillate flowers Photo of bark of Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
Acer saccharum - Sugar maple

  

Acer saccharum Sugar Maple - Photo of winter habit Photo of  Acer saccharum Sugar Maple - Bark Photo of  fruit and leaves of Sugar Maple
Acer tegmentosum - Manchurian striped maple

  

Manchurian striped maple striped bark provides an easy means for identifying this tree Manchurian striped maple buds beginning to open Manchurian striped maple flowers and closeup of flowers
Acer triflorum - Threeflower maple

  

Acer triflorum - Threeflower maple fruit in winter. Acer triflorum - Threeflower maple buds in winter. Acer triflorum - Threeflower maple bark on branch in winter.
Aesculus glabra - Ohio Buckeye

  

Aesculus glabra - Ohio buckeye summer profile Aesculus glabra - Ohio buckeye Aesculus glabra - Ohio buckeye
Aesculus hippocastanum - Horse-chestnut

  

Aesculus hippocastanum - Horsechestnut Aesculus hippocastanum - Horsechestnut Aesculus hippocastanum - Horsechestnut
Koelreuteria paniculata - Golden Rain Tree

  

Photo of Koelreuteria paniculata - Golden Rain Tree Photo of Koelreuteria paniculata - Golden Rain Tree Photo of Koelreuteria paniculata - Golden Rain Tree
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