Rocky Mountain Maple

Acer glabrum

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Deciduous Tree
Plant Family: Aceraceae
Plant Description: Small, multi-stemmed, deciduous tree native to the western United States. Coarsely toothed 5-lobed leaves turn yellow, orange, or red in the fall. Miniscule green flowers give way to winged seeds. Red branches and stems provide winter interest. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Tolerant of drought once established.
Plant Care: Prune regularly to promote health, provide air circulation, maintain a desirable shape, and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning is best done in late winter to early spring for most trees. With spring blooming trees, prune after the blooms are spent. Choose species that are resistant to pest damage. Monitor the tree for pests, diseases or other ailments on a regular basis. Protect the trunk especially where maintenance activities, such as mowing, may cause damage. Newly planted trees in areas with high exposure should have the trunk protected during the winter.

Plant Attributes:

Hardiness Zone: 5 to 9
Mature Size: 10-30' tall and wide
Utah Native: Yes
Plant Select: No
Salt Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: Unknown
Pollinator Friendly: No
Localscapes: Tree, Perimeter Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Color: Green
Bloom Color: Green, Inconspicuous
Bloom Season: Spring
Bloom Period: Apr - May

Plant Needs:

Light Requirement: Sun to Shade
Irrigation Requirement:     Low

Garden Location:

  • Neighborhood Landscapes
    • Waterwise Woodlands
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter