Maple

Maple beside Photinia - June - Right Front

Maple beside Photinia – June – Right Front

Maple (Acer) This small maple lies slightly behind and to the left of the the Photinia Davidiana bush and may easily be confused as its foliage is intertwined with the Photinia and it is similar to it from a distance, but on close inspection you can see it has typically shaped maple leaves. Maples belongs to the Acer genus of trees or shrubs. Maples are variously classified in a family of their own, the Aceraceae, or together with the Hippocastanaceae included in the family Sapindaceae. Modern classifications, including the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group system, favour inclusion in Sapindaceae. The type species of the genus is Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore maple). There are approximately 128 species, most of which are native to Asia, with a number also appearing in Europe, northern Africa, and North America. Only one species, the poorly studied Acer laurinum, is native to the Southern Hemisphere. Fifty-four species of maples meet the International Union for Conservation of Nature criteria for being under threat of extinction in their native habitat.
The word Acer derives from a Latin word meaning “sharp” (compare “acerbic”), referring to the characteristic points on maple leaves. It was first applied to the genus by the French botanist Joseph Pitton de Tournefort in 1700. The earliest known fossil maple is Acer alaskense, from the Latest Paleocene of Alaska. Source: Wikipedia. Photo gallery not showing correct tree specie. TBA with correct photos.

 

 

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As there are so many varieties of maples, the links below are not to any one particular maple, but to search lists of different types of maples:

Link: Wikipedia

Link: Google Images

Link: Royal Horticultural Society, UK

Link: North Carolina State University: catelogue of trees

Link: Keele University, Staffordshire, UK

Link: Plantdatabase.co.uk

Link: Video on How to identify a maple; by About.com so is biased towards American varieties

Link: Google Streetview

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