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West Fork of Oak Creek
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West Fork of Oak Creek
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Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Acer glabrum
General Description: Deciduous. A medium size tree with a spreading, rounded dense crown and a short trunk. Can be a small multi-stemmed shrub in dry areas and more tree-like in moist cool areas.
Identification notes: Relatively thick leaves, soft hairs below, hand-shaped (palmate) with 3 major lobes, major lobes further divided into 3 to 5 weak lobes or teeth; flowers in clusters, bright green, small, rounded and cup-like, inconspicuous petals are greenish-yellow.
Height: 10 to 40 feet     Width: 15 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: Found in canyons and coniferous forests.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 4500 - 7000 feet


Flowers

Color: Bright green to greenish-yellow   Shape: Regular in round clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Apr
Description: Flowers vary, can be stamens only, pistils only, and some with both stamens and pistils. Male and female flowers can be on the same or different plants. Flowers are without petals, stamens 7 or 8, both pistils and stamens exert beyond the flowers.


Leaves

Leaf Color: Green   Type: Simple   Shape: Palmate   Margin: Lobed   Attachment: Opposite   Hairs: Bottom of leaves
Description: Leaves are shiny and dark above, pale and finely hairy beneath with 3 major lobes, major lobes divided into 3 to 5 blunt lobes. Leaves are 2 to 3-1/2 inches long and wide and turn red, orange and yellow in the autumm.


Fruit

Color: Green or reddish   Type: Winged   Description: 2 large fruits, fused in the middle and long-winged, up to 2 inches long, hairless, 1-seeded, with round seed cavity. Matures in fall.


Bark/Branches

Bark Color: Grayish-brown or reddish   Bark Texture (Mature): Smooth   Bark and Branch Description: Thin and smooth but develops numerous shallow furrows with age. Twigs are reddish, hairless and slender with buds having 4 pointed scales.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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