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Acer triflorum

Acer triflorum Kom.

 

Three-flowered Maple

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderSapindalesIncludes citrus; maples, horse-chestnuts, lychees and rambutans; mangos and cashews; frankincense and myrrh; mahogany and neem
FamilySapindaceaeSoapberry family
GenusAcerMaples
Speciestriflorum“Three-flowered”

About plant names...

Acer triflorum means simply “three-flowered maple.” This species is native to northern China, Manchuria, and Korea. They are not found in the wild in North America.

Identification: Trees have light brown or cinnamon-colored bark, often peeling, and reach 20-30' (6.1-9.1 m) in height (up to a maximum of 45' (13 m). Leaflets are in groups of three, each about 2-3" (5-7.6 cm) long and 1-1½" (2.5-3.8 cm) wide. Leaves are brilliantly colored in the fall: reds, yellows, orange-reds, and purples. Flowers are in groups of three, in pinkish or greenish clusters. The fruits are samaras, in pairs, up to 1¼" (3.2 cm) long. These trees are difficult to propagate and rarely seen in North America, except in botanical gardens.

Online References:

Acer triflorum on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Acer triflorum at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Acer triflorum at the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens

Acer triflorum at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Acer triflorum at the Great Hill Horticultural Foundation

Acer triflorum (Three-flowered Maple)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Acer triflorum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Acer triflorum (Three-flowered Maple)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 16 × 24" (41 × 62 cm)

Acer triflorum (Three-flowered Maple)

6/17/2012 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm)

Acer triflorum (Three-flowered Maple)

6/17/2012 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME
≈ 14 × 21" (34 × 52 cm)

Range: Zones 3a-11:

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