About This Plant

Acer forrestii, commonly known as Forrest’s maple, is a species of maple tree native to southwestern China and the eastern Himalayas. This deciduous tree is valued for its attractive foliage and ornamental characteristics. It typically grows to a medium size and features green leaves with serrated edges. In autumn, the leaves turn various shades of red and orange, creating a stunning display of colours.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves are opposite and palmately lobed, usually consisting of three to five lobes. The leaf margins are serrated (toothed), adding texture to the foliage. In the fall, the leaves can display vibrant colours such as red, orange, and yellow.

Produce

The tree produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are typically greenish-yellow in colour. The flowers are borne in panicles and appear in spring before the leaves fully emerge. The fruit of Acer forrestii is a paired samara, which is a winged seed. The samaras are often arranged in clusters and have a characteristic helicopter-like appearance. These fruits mature in late summer to early autumn.
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