Maple branches are terrestrial woody plants that had 🌳︎ broadleaves 🍃︎ now gone (deciduous, dormant season), with leaf scars and lateral buds usually numbering=2-at-a-node, arranged ╫ opposite, with …

each bud protected by scales numbering:
2, that touch without overlapping
3+

Learn more about maple genus Acer (Acer spp.)

Part of soapberry  family Sapindaceae.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Acer hosts caterpillars of 285 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
maple diseases

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