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Rocky Mountain Maple

Acer glabrum

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Tree, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs High
Sun Full sun in higher elevations, shade in lower elevations
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
40' × 30'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season May-June
Flower Color Green
Minimum Temperature Range -30 °F
Leaf Description Three leaflets, toothed, bright green
Fruit Winged
Longevity
In years
80
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Elevation Range 7000-9000 ft.
Ethnobotany Decoction of bark was taken as a cathartic, to reduce nausea, infusion of branches taken for swelling, to heal women's insides, and snakebites. Dried leaves were used to spice stored meat. Wood used for buildings, snowshoes, cradles, bows, and other tools.
Description This mountain tree would be most appropriate for Northern Arizona residents or for landscaping at high elevations (i.e. Summerhaven). Probably best avoided for those at lower elevations where drought and heat will inhibit the best performance of this species. A good understory tree which turns gorgeous shades of red and gold in the fall.