Common Name: Hedge maple
Origin/Ecology: Native to Europe, western Asia
Habit: Small, low-branched, dense, rounded tree or large multi-stemmed shrub that grows to 25-35′ tall.
Leaves: 15-16 cm long and 5-10 cm wide, with five blunt, rounded lobes with a smooth margin.
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers are produced in spring at the same time as the leaves, yellow-green, in erect clusters 4-6 cm across. The fruit is a samara with two winged achenes aligned at 180°, each 2 cm long.
Bark: Not noteworthy
Water Use, Soil: Grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates some drought. Adapts to a variety of soils including heavy clays.
Exposure: Best in full sun, can be grown in part shade.
Landscape Uses: Frequently found on plains, hills and along rivers. Used on lawns or along streets. Maybe sheared to form a high hedge.
Limitations: No serious pests or diseases. Leaf spots, tar spot, verticillium wilt, canker and root rots may occur. Aphids, scale, borers, caterpillars, or mights may appear.
Other Features: Tolerant of urban conditions.