Ivyleaf Maple Fact Sheet
Family: Aceraceae - Maple family
Latin name: Acer cissifolium
Common name: Ivy-leaved maple, Ivyleaf maple
- The photographs on this page show an Ivy-leaved Maple (Acer cissifolium) that is in the Morton Arboretum and is labeled with the following accession information 1073-58*1 ct G-59/50-30. It is next to the parking lot at the top of Frost Hill.
- Acer cissifolium is listed as USDA Hardiness Zone: 6. Mature height and width of Ivy-leaved Maple is 20 - 30 feet.
- Flower buds of the Acer Cissifolium are borne on slender racemes and dwarf the buds that held them. The picture with the enlarged inset was taken April 27, 2005.
- The samaras are borne on slender racemes and will eventually be about 1 inch long. Although some were more developed than others, many of the samara that were only about 1/4 inch on this particular day.
Photograph taken in mid-May, 2004.
- The leaves of the Ivy-leaved Maple (Acer cissifolium) are opposite and trifoliate which is similar to those of the Paperbark Maple.(Acer griseum). The petiole is reddish purple and 3 - 4 inches long. The petiolule of the terminal leaflet is generally 1 inch long, nearly twice the length of that of the lateral leaflets. First year stems are reddish purple and highly pubescent, 2nd year stems are gray-brown.
- Fall colors are red and yellow. Although some reliable sources say that good color is unlikely, this picture shows that for this particular Ivy-leaved Maple the fall colors on October 29, 2008 were excellent.
- Multiple trunks of Acer cissifolium in Autumn.
- Bud of the Acer cissifolium are very tiny. Lateral buds of the Ivy-leaved Maple are reddish purpleand only about 1/2 as long as terminal buds.
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