Rocky Mountain Maple

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Rocky Mountain Maple

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Description

The Acer glabrum is a deciduous tree often grows to 30 feet tall, taking the form of a shrub or small tree. The trunk grows to 7-10 inches wide. Also know as the Douglas Maple it produces multiple stems that grow as suckers from the base of the tree. Leaves are one to three inches in diameter, three to five lobed, smooth and hairless. Flowers are produced in corymbs of five to ten, yellowish to green. In the fall, leaves turn gold or bright red before falling. Like other maples, it has "helicopter" seeds (fruit).

Habitat

Dry to somewhat moist sites—prefers moist protected sites or in the shade of other trees.  Otherwise, full sun to partial shade but becomes leggy in deep shade. 

 

Beneficial Uses

Provides valuable forage for deer and elk, and cover for deer, elk, birds, and small mammals.  Flowers attract butterflies.  Several species of birds and mammals eat the seeds.  Traditionally used by various native American tribes  as a treatment for diarrhea, against swelling or as a general panacea.