Common Name: Cappadocian maple, coliseum maple
Origin/Ecology: Native to Caucasus, Asia minor, northern India
Habit: Deciduous tree with broad-rounded crown, growing to 35′ tall and to 25′ wide. Produces root suckers around base of the tree.
Leaves: Palmate, 5 to 7 lobed leaves (to 3-6″ across) emerge purplish green in spring, mature to dark green by summer and finally turn golden yellow to red in fall. Leaf stems when cut exude a milky sap.
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Monoecous yellowish-green flowers (separate male and female flowers on same tree) bloom in corymbs (to 2″ long) in April Double-winged samaras ripen in fall.
Bark: Mature bark is greenish-gray and furrowed.
Water Use, Soil: Moist, humusy, well-drained soils. Prefers acidic soils that are kept evenly moist. Not drought tolerant.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Attractive medium sized tree.
Limitations: Verticillium wilt, leaf spots, tar spot, canker, root rots, aphids, scale, borers, caterpillars, mites.