Mountain maple, goosefoot maple, low maple, mountain maple bush, spiked maple.
A tall shrub or small tree that grows to 30 feet in height. Bark is drab-colored, flaky, or furrowed. Young branchlets are downy near tips. Leaves are thin, downy beneath, 3-lobed or sometimes 5-lobed, with coarse-toothed margins. Flowers are small, greenish-yellow, and generally in upright narrow spikes 3 to 5 ½ inches long. Fruit, which is red or yellow, matures from July through October; it is about ¾ inch long at maturity.
Late May to early October.
The bark of this plant is used as an anthelmintic, tonic, and opthalmiatric. In Colonial times the bark was used for a rose-tan dye.