Deciduous tree that reaches to 25 ft. in height and 15 – 28 ft.in width. Grayish brown bark, smooth with darker striation furrows with age. Typically multi-stemmed with a spreading umbrella-shaped crown. Opposite, simple leaves with 3 lobes. Pale yellow or cream, tall flower clusters appear in early spring.
One of the hardiest of the maple species. Can grow in full sun or partial shade, prefers moist, well drained soils, but also tolerates dryness; is salt tolerant.
Location in Nebraska
Found in a few counties in Eastern Nebraska.
Pathway of Introduction and Spread
Commonly planted in landscaping due to its hardiness and fall coloring, but has, however, escaped cultivation and spreads into natural areas.
Considered invasive species in the Eastern U.S.; can displace native shrubs and under story trees in open forests, and shades out native species in prairie habitats.