Is it any maple species?

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  1. wetcloud

    wetcloud Active Member

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    This tree in theory is a Liquidambar styraciflua, but I think the leaves seem more like some kind of maple (liquidambar leaves rather have sharp lobe tips).

    Do you think it is possible? If it is so, what type of maple species it can be?
     

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  2. chimera

    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Think maple leaves are opposite, liquidamber alternate. Not certain how the leaves are arranged in your pics.
     
  3. alex66

    alex66 Rising Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Wet in start 1800 d.c. liquidambar and acer there are in the same family ;your question have one reason....but after with osservations by botanist,the leaves (like chimera write )and the flower the different are evident ,this change the botanic family....regards alex
     
  4. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Liquidambar: Altingiaceae
    Acer: Sapindaceae

    The mystery plant has alternate leaves, so it isn't an Acer species. But there is more than just Liquidambar that has alternate, palmately lobed leaves like this.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Leaf outlines in far left panel quite typical for sweetgum.
     
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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    There are many cultivars of L. styraciflua, some even have rounded leaves (Rotundilobum). The first pic looks like "Stared" to me, but not the others.

    -E
     
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    Thanks for your help!
     

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