Mountain Maple
Acer spicatum Lam.

Common Names
Mountain maple, goosefoot maple, low maple, mountain maple bush, spiked maple.

Description
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 inches long. Fruit, which is red or yellow, matures from July through October; it is about inch long at maturity.

Flowering Period
Late May to early October.

Habitat
Cool woods.

Harvest
Bark.

Uses
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.

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