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.)

A group of about 128 related plants in soapberry  family Sapindaceae in cashew / 🌰︎ chestnut / 🍊︎ citrus / 🍁︎ maple  order Sapindales.

Native to Asia, and to North America, Europe and north Africa.  Only one species extends into the Southern Hemisphere.   🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (colors).

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Acer hosts caterpillars of 285 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  This plant is also known to be a host for (in areas where invasive) 🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula.

Maple diseases (archived).

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