Trident maple

Trident maple

Acer buergerianum

  • Leaves < 3" wide, usually 3 lobes
  • Lobes very shallow
Trident maple
Trident maple

Red maple

Red maple

Acer rubrum

  • Leaves usually 3-5 lobes
  • Middle lobe of most leaves widest at the base
  • Leaf underside light gray, grayish white, or bluish gray
  • Lobe margins irregularly or sharply toothed
Red maple

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Red maple

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Silver maple

Silver maple

Acer saccharinum

  • Leaves usually 5 lobes
  • Lobes very deep
  • Middle lobe of most leaves wider near the middle than at the base
  • Leaf underside bright white
Silver maple

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Silver maple

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Sugar maple

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Sugar maple

Acer saccharum

  • Leaves 3 to 7 lobes; usually 3.5-8" wide
  • Middle lobe of most leaves widest at the base
  • Leaf underside light gray, grayish white, or bluish gray (or may be green)
  • Lobe margins smooth or wavy, or with rounded teeth
Sugar maple

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Sugar maple