Scientific Name: Acer
Genus: Acer
Family: Aceraceae

Maples are deciduous, broadleaved plants that range from shrubs to large trees. Most have palmate leaves and winged seeds known as “samaras.”

There are more than 100 different species of maples, and you can find 11 of them represented on the Reed campus, including Vine Maple and Bigleaf Maple, which are both native to Oregon.

  • Bigleaf Maple

    Scientific name: Acer macrophyllum

    IMG_0444 big leaf mapleBigleaf Maple Also known as the Oregon Maple, it has the largest leaves (15 inches across) of all maples. It is abundant in western Oregon and is distinguished by its beautiful autumn colors of yellow, gold, and copper. It can become a massive, beautiful tree, with nice spring blossoms.
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  • David’s Maple

    Scientific name: Acer davidii

    David's Maple David's Maple David's Maple is an unusual ornamental tree that is native to central China. The leaves are oval-shaped (similar to the leaves of an alder) and the bark is shiny green.
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  • Fullmoon Maple

    Scientific name: Acer japonicum

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  • Hedge Maple

    Scientific name: Acer campestre

    IMG_0354 hedge maple A deciduous tree, it is slow growing to 70 feet, but more often found at about 30 feet. Leaves are 3-5 lobed, 2-4 inches wide, dull green above, and they turn yellow in the fall. A good street tree that adapts well to drought, it is a native of Europe and western Asia.
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  • Japanese Maple

    Scientific name: Acer palmatum

    IMG_0174 coral bark japanese mapleJapanese Maple These are small trees and shrubs from Japan and Korea. The foliage is brightly colored and the leaves are deeply cut with long serrated lobes. (Most Japanese maples are too small to be shown on our maps, but they're a common shrub around campus.)
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  • Norway Maple

    Scientific name: Acer platanoides

    Norway Maple Norway Maple A deciduous tree native to Europe and the Near East, it has dense foliage and reaches to 60-70 feet. Leaves are 5-lobed, 3-5 inches wide, and are deep green. They turn a bright yellow in the fall, and showy clusters of small, greenish-yellow flowers appear in early spring. This tree is very common on the Reed campus.
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  • Paperbark Maple

    Scientific name: Acer griseum

    Paperbark Maple Paperbark Maple Another ornamental maple from China, the paperbark maple gets its name from the thin red bark that peels away from the trunk in sheets. It has showy winged seeds (samaras) and bright red foliage.
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  • Red Japanese Maple

    Scientific name: Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

    IMG_0198 red japanese maple
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  • Red Maple

    Scientific name: Acer rubrum

    Red Maple Red Maple A deciduous tree that is native to the eastern U.S. but very popular in the Pacific Northwest, it is fast growing and can reach a height of 120 feet in the wild. It displays small, attractive red flowers that bloom before the leaves appear. The Red Sunset Maple, a cultivar noted for its bright red leaves in the fall, is pyramidal in shape and often grows to 60 feet in height. The leaves are 3-lobed, with short, broad lobes 2-6 inches long. This tree is widely planted in the parking lots on campus.
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  • Silver Maple

    Scientific name: Acer saccharinum

    IMG_1675 silver maple IMG_1676 silver maple IMG_1677 silver maple Native to eastern North America, this maple can become an enormous tree, attaining a height of 120 feet. Its leaves are 5-lobed, pointy, and silvery-colored on the underside, hence the name.
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