Shrubs of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Aceraceae
Acer spicatum (Mountain-maple)
Flower colorwhite
Number of petals5
Petal statefree
Leaf persistencedeciduous
Leaf arrangementopposite
Leaf groupingsimple
Leaf marginserrate
Leaf/leaflet shapestar-shaped
Fruit typedry
Fruit colorred/brown
Flowering datesmid-late May
Fruiting datesmid-July
HabitatTalus slopes
LocalityAlong the M & M trail to the summit of Bare Mtn.
DescriptionA shrub or small tree 3 - 15 feet tall with solid, brown bark. The flowers and fruit are produced on upright stalks. The leaves are heart shaped at the base and have 3 to 5 short lobes that lack the long pointed tips of Striped Maple. The central lobe is the longest. The fruit is winged and is initially red.
CommentMountain Maple is only associated with talus slopes in the Mount Holyoke Range.
Habit photoPW
Habit photo 2PW
Flower photoPW
Flower photo 2PW
Fruit photoKBS
Leaf photoPW