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Cultural Details for Acer spicatum

Common Name:
Moose Maple, Mountain Maple

Growth Rate:
Shrub or small, short trunked tree of bushy appearance. Slow to medium

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Small, perfect, greenish yellow, borne in erect, 3-6” long racemes in June, each flower on a slender stalk about 0.5” long.

Fruit Details:
Samara, wings diverge at an acute or right angle, essentially glabrous at maturity, about 1” long, nut let 0.5” long, apparently apomixes is important in the development of sound seed.

Fall Color:
Yellow, orange and red in fall.

Bark Details:
Thin, brownish or grayish brown, smooth, eventually becoming slightly furrowed or warty.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious.

Native Habitat:
Labrador to Saskatchewan, south to northern Georgia and Iowa. Introduced 1750.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Zone 3- (high locations in) 7; Transplant balled and burlapped; prefers cool, shady, acid, moist situations similar to where it is found in the wild.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.