Common Name: Morgan Freeman maple
Origin/Ecology: Hybrid between A. rubrum and A. saccharinum
Habit: Pyramidal when young to upright-oval when mature.
Leaves: 3-5 lobed leaf blades, 10 cm across, green abaxil and grey adaxil during summer. Orange-red to red during autumn. Deeper lobes than Armstrong.
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Pistillate, red flowers bloom before leaves develop in early spring. Double samaras, 2-5 cm, red.
Bark: Wrinkly grey bark with brick red young branchlets.
Water Use, Soil: Most soil types, some instability in drought.
Exposure: Full sun.
Landscape Uses: Shade tree, groupings, urban conditions, specimen, rows/avenues
Limitations: Leaf hoppers. Needs lots of space.