Ashleaf Maple

Acer negundo

Family Aceraceae

Notable Features
Leaves: The only maple with pinnately* compound* leaves. Leaves appear oppositely*; usually 3 to 5 leaflets* per leaf. Each leaflet can have several coarse teeth*, with the end leaflet often somewhat lobed* with three discernable tips. Leaflets hairless, dull.
Twigs/Buds: Twigs are hairless and glossy, occasionally covered in a white powder, and are green or purplish in color. Buds* are rounded and stout, and appear oppositely in clusters of three and are occasionally covered in a white powder.
Bark: Bark dark and uniformly furrowed.
Flowers/ Keys: Flowers light-colored, appearing in clusters April through May. Keys* resembling inverted "Vs" appear September through October.
Size/Shape: A medium sized tree, reaching heights of 50 to 75 feet (15-22 meters) and trunk diameters of 2 to 4 feet (about 1 meter).

Location on Campus

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There are only three or four of these on campus. On can be found up near the water tower behind Rabb Quad. A few older specimens are growing on the grassy hill between the castle and Peripheral Road.

Like all other maples, the Ashleaf Maple can be tapped and used as a source of maple syrup or sugar.

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