is a large, diverse group of around 150 species of small and large trees with opposite leaves.
noted for the shade
they produce and also for
Many of them are dioecious meaning that they
hafe separate male and female trees while
others are monoecious having both types of
flowers on the same plant.
The one thing they all have in common is
that they produce a fruit called a samara.
These are the "whirlybird" seeds with either
one or two wings that are closely associated
The leaves may be
simple, lobed or compound, depending on the
species. The maples are native to
In Latin, the word
Acer means sharp and was in
the strong wood of the maples which
was often used for spears.