Identification: is this a maple?

Discussion in 'Maples' started by arlee, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. arlee

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    I live in NE Calgary and found this along the rails. The tree is approximately 10 feet high, and all seeds and leaves are like this, so i don't think it's a sported maple. Can someone identify it? The samaras are curved into a circle, but are still 2 distinct blades.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    The common one like this is Amur maple.
     
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    Thank you Ron. Looks like this one for whatever reason has changed it's samara conformation, but definitely an amur. Much appreciated.
     
  4. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yep, Amur Maple Acer ginnala. The samaras look like they've been attacked by something, maybe sapsucking aphids, which has distorted the wing growth.
     

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