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Acer cissifolium (Sieb. & Zucc.) K. Koch ACERACEAE - MAPLE FAMILY

Acer cissifolium - Ivy-leaved Maple photograph of late Spring habit

The photographs on this page show an Ivy-leaved Maple (Acer cissifolium) that is in the Morton Arboretum and is labeled with the following accession information 1073-58*1 ct G-59/50-30. It is on the north side, near the top of Frost Hill, visible from the road. Acer cissifolium is listed as USDA Hardiness Zone: 6.  Mature height and width of Ivy-leaved Mape is 20 - 30 feet.

Acer cissifolium - Ivy-leaved Maple -enlarged photograph of trifoliate leaves

The leaves of the Ivy-leaved Maple (Acer cissifolium) are opposite, trifoliate which is similar to those of the Paperbark Maple.(Acer griseum). The petiole is reddish purple and 3 - 4 inches long. The petiolule of the terminal leaflet is generally 1 inch long, nearly twice the length of that of the lateral leaflets.

Acer cissifolium - Ivy-leaved Maple -photograph of samara in late Spring.

This photograph was taken in mid-May, 2004. The samaras are borne on slender racemes and will eventually be about 1 inch long. Although some were more developed than others, the insert in the top left shows some samara that were only about 1/4 inch on this particular day.

Acer cissifolium - Ivy-leaved Maple 1st and 2nd year stems in late Spring.

First year stems are reddish purple and highly pubescent, 2nd year stems are gray-brown.

Acer cissifolium - Ivy-leaved Maple - fall colors of yellow and red

Fall colors are red and yellow. Although some reliable sources say that good color is unlikely, the above picture shows the for this particular Ivy-leaved Maple the fall colors on October 30, 2001 were excellent.

Acer cissifolium - Ivy-leaved Maple photograph of lateral buds in early Spring

Lateral buds of the Ivy-leaved Maple (Acer cissifolium) are reddish purple and only about 1/2 as long as terminal buds. The above photo was taken in mid-March 2001.

    Kingdom: Plantae Plants
       Subkingdom: Tracheobionta Vascular plants
          Superdivision: Spermatophyta Seed plants
             Division: Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
                Class: Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
                   Subclass: Rosidae
                      Order: Sapindales
                         Family: Aceraceae Maple family
                            Genus: Acer L. maple
                               Species: Acer cissifolium (Siebold & Zucc.) K.Koch ivyleaf maple

Source for classification listing: USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

Karren J. Wcisel copyright 1999 - 2004  Home Page