Also Known As
Douglas maple, Mountain maple
Rocky mountain maple trees have small, rounded, 3 to 5 lobed leaves. The leaves also have two sizes of pointed teeth which distinguish it from red maples.
Rocky mountain maple trees have small, rounded, 3 to 5 lobed leaves. The leaves also have two sizes of pointed teeth which distinguish it from red maples. The flowers of Rocky mountain maple are small and yellowish-green. The fruits are samaras (wing-like and sometimes referred to as "helicopters").
Did You Know?
Rocky Mountain maple is a highly valued big game browse species. Moose, elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer to varying degrees throughout the year eat its leaves and twigs, but it is especially important as a winter food source.Contributed By: USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center and the Biota of North America Program.
Leaves are a shiny dark green on the topside, paler or whitish on the underside, with a reddish stem. They are usually oval-shaped with a double-toothed edge, occurring in clumps of 3 to 5. Sometimes they are more lance-shaped and occur in clumps of 3.
Rocky mountain maple grows at moist but well-drained seepage sites, mostly in rocky areas, along stream banks, moist slopes, canyons, and ravines, sometimes dry ridges, at low to middle elevations and moist sites in high mountains.