Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Hardy Plants for Waterwise Landscapes

Acer glabrum
Rocky Mountain maple

Native Acer glabrum (V. Lohr)

Plant form

Small, deciduous, multi-stemmed tree.


10-30 feet tall.

Leaves and stems

Green leaves, turning yellow, orange, or red in the fall. Have 3 to 5 lobes. Twigs are typically red (sometimes green) and provide winter interest.


The green, winged fruit (samaras) may turn red.

Native area

Cascade Mountains to Rocky Mountains; native in Washington State.

Water use

Moderate or low.


Full sun to shade.


USDA Zone 5.


Also called "Douglas' maple." Excellent native tree to use in place of Acer ginnala, the Amur maple.


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