Tatarian Maple

Acer tataricum

Leaves: Deciduous. Leaves are 2-4” long, 1-3” wide and similar to the Amur maple. They are unlobed or slightly 3-lobed with coarsely serrated edges and are not glossy. Bright green leaf color and yellow or red in the fall.

Bark/Twigs: Gray-brown bark that is smooth when young and more furrowed with age.

Flowers/Fruit: Green-white to cream colored flowers are produced in mid spring. Winged seeds (samara) in pairs are ¾ -1” long. They have bright pink to red colored samaras for several weeks before maturing.

Mature size and shape: Small. 15-25’h. Rounded shape.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun. Tolerant of drought and alkaline soil. The species is named after the Tatar people southern Russia.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Good alternative to Amur maple and is not as chlorotic. Average growing rate. Average maintenance. Seeds can be messy.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Family/Origin: Aceraceae – Maple. Native to central and southeastern Europe and temperate western Asia.

Campus use: Somewhat uncommon. Can be found east of the Huntsman Basketball Facility (Bld 99).

Sycamore Maple

Acer pseudoplatanus  

Leaves: Deciduous. Leaves have 3 to 5 lobes, 3-6” wide and sharply toothed. The middle 3 lobes are about equal in size and shape. Leaf edges have small teeth. Dark to medium green or purple depending on variety. Fall color not very impressive, dingy brown to yellow.

Bark/Twigs: Bark scaly and gray, flaking off to expose orangish brown inner bark. Buds on twigs remain green in winter.

Flowers/Fruit: Yellow-green flowers bloom in late spring (May) after the leaves emerge. Seeds (samaras) are 1-2” long each with a 60 degree angle between the pairs. The seeds form 6-12" long, drooping panicles or clusters.

Mature size and shape: Large. 40-60’h x 50’w. Oval to rounded shape. Spread is usually ⅔ of height.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun to partial shade. Moist, well-drained soil preferred. Tolerates drought or dry conditions fairly well. Does not do well in continuously wet soils. Tolerant of salty soil.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Large, good shade tree. Similar to Norway maple. Medium growing rate. Average maintenance. Seeds can be messy. Transplant in spring.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-7

Family/Origin: Aceraceae – Maple. Native to Europe and western Asia.

Campus use: Common. Can be found south of the Kem Gardner Building (Bld 48) and north of the Film and Media Arts Building (Bld 36).

Rocky Mountain Maple

Acer glabrum

Leaves: Deciduous. Leaves are 3-5” wide and long with 3-5 lobes or occasionally separated into 3 separate leaves. Sharply serrated leaf edge. Dark green leaf color above and paler beneath. Leaf stem (petiole) is red and 1-4” long. Fall color yellow to muted red.

Bark/Twigs: Thin and fairly smooth bark. Red-brown in color.

Flowers/Fruit: Inconspicuous yellow-green flowers bloom in late spring after leaves emerge. U-shaped paired seeds (samaras) with wings nearly parallel, ¾-1” long. Pink in summer turning to brown in fall.

Mature size and shape: Small. 6-30’h x 3-15’w. Shrubby-looking tree. Often has multiple stems.

General information/special features: Native to Utah. Prefers moist, protected sites. Shade tolerant.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Good as a grouping of trees. Can be planted under power lines. Slow growing rate. Average maintenance.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Family/Origin: Aceraceae – Maple. A small tree native from the western Great Plains west to Oregon and Washington and from the Mexican border through most of British Columbia, including mountainous portions of Utah and the Intermountain West.

Campus use: Somewhat uncommon. Can be found in the plaza east of the Marriott Library (Bld 86).

Norway Maple

Acer platanoides

Leaves: Deciduous. Leaves are 4-7” wide and long with 5 lobes, sharply pointed with a few teeth along the leaf edge. Leaf color can be dark green, red or purple depending on the variety. Fall color bright yellow. Leaves exude a white, milky sap characteristic of Norway maples which may disappear in late summer.

Bark/Twigs: Gray-brown bark, smoother on younger stems, furrowed on older wood.

Flowers/Fruit: Yellow to yellow-green flower clusters bloom in spring before leaves emerge. U-shaped seeds (samaras) are 1½ -2” long. Seed wings have a pinkish tint in the spring and spread out at a nearly 180 degree angle.

Mature size and shape: Large. 40-60’h by approximately ⅔ or equal width. Rounded pyramid to oval shape with a broad and spreading form. Generally symmetrical. Dense branching and foliage.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun. Grows fairly readily in a broad range of soil types from clay to sand. Not extremely drought tolerant, leaves will scorch and turn brown on very hot and dry sites. Shallow roots tend to cause bumps in lawns and sidewalks.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Large, good shade tree with dense summer foliage. Medium growing rate. Average maintenance. Seeds can be messy. Often has aphids which produce a sticky coating on leaves. Easy to transplant.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-7

Family/Origin: Aceraceae – Maple. Native to Europe from Norway south.

Campus use: Extremely common. Can be found on east side of President’s Circle.

Paperbark Maple

Acer griseum

Leaves: Deciduous. Compound leaf is 3-6” long with three leaflets (trifoliolate). Leaflets are 2-2½” long, ½ as wide. Leaf edge has a few coarse teeth and is dark green to blue-green color with a frosty silver underside. Leaves turn red in the fall.

Bark/Twigs: Older twigs and trunk have characteristic cinnamon red-brown colored bark which peels off in thin, curly strips.

Flowers/Fruit: Inconspicuous flowers. Fruit is a seed (samara) 1-1½” long with wings at a 60-90 degree angle.

Mature size and shape: Small to medium. 20-30’h x 15-25’w. Upright rounded to oval shape with a relatively open crown. Usually has a multi truck form or branches close to the ground.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun. Performs best in moist, well-drained soil. Tolerant of a variety of soil conditions.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Good ornamental tree with year-round interest. Works well for small gardens and patios. Provides filtered, not dense, shade. Slow growing rate. Average maintenance. Can become “twiggy” on the inside which needs pruning.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Family/Origin: Aceraceae – Maple. Native to central China.

Campus use: Uncommon. Can be found northwest of Union (Bld 53) and southeast of William Browning (Bld 11).