Ivy-leaved Maple – Acer cissifolium

Ivy-Leaved Maple or Ivyleaf Maple
Family Aceraceae

Also commonly called "vine-leafed"
maple. Yes, it has helicopters.

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Ivy-Leaved Maple Tree
Acer cissifolium. This huge Morton Arboretum Specimen was started as a cutting 49 years ago.

The Ivy-Leaved maple is native to Japan, and is hardy to USDA zone 5. It is a small deciduous tree, growing to 30 feet tall and as many wide. It can be allowed to grow with multiple trunks, as the specimen here. Its leaves are opposite, compound, with 3 leaflets, each 2.5 to 3 inches long. Leaflets are thin and glabrous (devoid of hair or pubescence), unlike other trifoliate maples. Autumn foliage is variable red or yellow.
Ivy-Leaved Maplefoliage
Small yellow, fragrant flowers in racemes appear in early spring. Green fruit grows in samaras (commonly called "helicopters or whirlybirds") about 1 inch long. They turn brown before being scattered by the wind, sometimes as far as 1/4 mile from the parent. Bark is smooth, ashy-grey. This elegant, spreading tree makes an excellent specimen plant, best grown in full sun, but can tolerate light shade as an understory tree.

Ivy-Leaved Maple multiple trunks
Low growing, spreading branches make for an attractive accent or specimen plant.

1. Ivy-leaved Maple, Morton Arboretum acc. 1073-58*1, photos by Bruce Marlin
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Family Aceraceae – Maples
The Maples are some of our most familiar and beloved trees.  Most are native to the far east: China, Japan, Korea, Manchuria. Maples produce a distinctive winged fruit called a samara, also commonly known as helicopters or whirlybirds.
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