These trees are a little smaller than the Big-Tooth Maples, and
are not as common in our area.
They occur in our canyons,
usually at a somewhat higher elevation than the Big-Tooth
(although their ranges overlap somewhat).
The leaves are a little smaller than those of the Big-Tooth Maple.
They have three lobes, and are sometimes divided into three
separate leaflets, as shown in the photo above.
The seeds are borne in two connected winged fruits (called
a double samara), similar to the seeds of other members of
the maple family.
and Big-Tooth Maple)
by Sandra Bray
Salt Lake County, Utah