Manitoba Maple - Acer negundo
Also known as the Box-elder, this is our only native maple that has divided leaves. These maples only grow to about 20 m but they grow quite quickly. Their range in Ontario is expanding as these maples can grow in a variety of soils and Manitoba Maples are often found in disturbed areas and along rivers and streams. They are known to have rather weak branches that tend to break during severe storms.
Manitoba Maples have round, hariy buds. Photo by Brian Lacey.
Lateral Bud. Photo by Brian Lacey.
Manitoba Maple keys are very important winter food sources for small mammals and birds. Photo by Brian Lacey.
The mature bark is ridged. Photo by Brian Lacey.
Manitoba Maple flowers. Photo by Brian Lacey.
Manitoba Maples leaves typically have 5-7 leaflets but can have 3 or 9. Photo by Brian Lacey.
These leaves only have 3 leaflets. Photo by Brian Lacey.
This maple often has a spralling form with low branches. Photo by Robert Hall.
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