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Acer paxii Franchet

Evergreen maple

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
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
SpeciespaxiiNamed for German botanist Ferdinand Albin Pax (1858-1942)

About plant names...

This relatively rare tree is from southwestern China. It was discovered by P. Delavay in 1883, and later named for German botanist Ferdinand Albin Pax.

Identification: Trees are up to 49′ (15 m) tall. Leaves have three lobes or none at all, and are 1¾-4″ (5-11 cm) × ¾-2″ (2-6 cm). This is an evergreen, while most maples are deciduous. Seeds are winged as with other maples, but purple. Not found in the wild in North America. See Acer for a comparison chart.

Online References:


The Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute's SelecTree site (good photos)



Acer paxii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Acer paxii (evergreen maple)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, Cali­fornia


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