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+

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Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)