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Plant Identification: What type of Maple is this leaf from?

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Sailstheseas
Staten Island, NY
(Zone 7b)

November 16, 2012
1:33 PM

Post #9334820

Thanks! :)

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TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 16, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #9334825

Could be Norway maple (Acer platanoides).

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

November 16, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9335111

I'm leaning more toward Acer saccharum - Sugar Maple.

Sailtheseas could help us by saying where (zone, city, state, country?) s/he is from, and where the specimen is collected from.

If you know what plant this leaf is from, show more of it as well. Form, branching, buds, twigs, bark all assist in identification. Leaves aren't always needed, and are even unnecessary.
Sailstheseas
Staten Island, NY
(Zone 7b)

November 18, 2012
9:30 AM

Post #9336205

Howdy and thank you, Viburnum! You are absolutely right. I registered my information about myself and where I am from. More i am learning from the good folks here!! :)
This LIL fella came visiting one night.:)

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ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

November 18, 2012
11:25 AM

Post #9336273

Now - that's an opossum and a Morus alba...
singhg45
Delhi
India

November 20, 2012
11:32 AM

Post #9338144

I would still suggest A. platanoides, because although lobes are long acuminate in A. saccharum, they are never sharp spinose as we can see here and typical of A. platanoides. Perhaps underview of leaf would confirm it further: bright green and lustrous in A. platanoides and lighter green in A. saccharum

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

November 20, 2012
3:19 PM

Post #9338363

I would rather see the twigs, buds, and/or whole tree. No amount of variable leaf morphology will change the dormant buds' characters.

Acer saccharum has narrow sharp pointed brown buds.

Acer platanoides has plump rounded greenish/purplish buds.
Sailstheseas
Staten Island, NY
(Zone 7b)

November 20, 2012
7:42 PM

Post #9338699

Thanks everyone! I have to go back to that area on Friday so I will get more picks then. Still learning! :)

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