Identification: Italian or Red Maple or...

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  1. Stephen Middleton

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    Small coppiced tree in my local park with tri-lobed leaves, but the back is not silvery. I can get more pictures if required or higher quality. Help with ID very welcome. Thank you.
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I'm not going to be the one to ID this, but sure, how about replying with a photo of the tree, the bark and the samaras if you can find any.
    Acer rubrum do not have tri-lobed leaves. I don't know Acer opalus, but I read that young twigs are supposed to be hairy. You could look for a photo that supports that.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Of the horticulturally prevalent ones this would be Acer rubrum
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    And I realize that these photos do not actually show tri-lobed leaves.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Acer rubrum for me too; A. opalus is very different.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Two very knowledgeable people have said it's Acer rubrum, so there is no need for more photos now unless you just want to have it saved here.
     
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    Brilliant, thanks very much Wendy, I had initially thought that it was Acer rubrum, but my book said that the back of the leaves should be white so started to have doubts. Thanks again. Stephen
     
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    emery Generous Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Flowering would clinch it, but no reason to think other that A. rubrum.
     
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    Leaf undersides shown by last photo in first sequence are bloomy.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yep - glaucous blue-green is correct for Acer rubrum; your book is wrong if it says (or even hints!) white, like snow is white.
     

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