Types of Maple Trees Leaves

Types of Maple Trees Leaves


Identification of maple trees can be difficult because of various species and subspecies. One of the major methods to differentiate diverse species is using the types of maple tree leaves which can give us abundant information on some special maple species.


As members of the same tree family, most maple trees have similar leaf shapes with multiple leaf lobes. Generally each leaf body has around five tips with veins originating from the center of the leaf body. If you can take a look at it carefully, you can observe some details which can be help you identify the type of the trees.

Very few maple trees have compound leaves. One example is paperbark maple tree which have more than three leaflets in one stock. This feature is obvious and easy to identify by common sense. Some maple trees such as Japanese maple trees have different leaf body and their leaves are very similar to compound leaves. All leaf lobes are radiated from the center point of the body.

Some maple species have large five lobe leaf shapes. The two examples of this kind are Norway maple and sugar maple trees. Usually sugar maple has large lobe spaces between two adjacent lobes. If picked up from the branch, the Norway maple will have some milky liquid at the end of the leaf. If you want to find a silver maple tree, just go to search the soft white covering on the back of the leaf body. The edge of a red maple will be a saw-like shape and this is the most apparent feature on its leaf body.

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