Acer diabolicum

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Acer diabolicum, Koch. Tree, to 30 ft: branchlets pubescent: lvs. 5-lobed, cordate or subcordate, 4—6 m. across, pale green beneath and sparingly pubescent; lobes broadly ovate-acuminate, coarsely and remotely dentate with acute or obtusish teeth: fls. from lateral leafless buds; staminate on long and pendulous, hairy pedicels; sepals wholly or partly connate, petals wanting; pistillate in few-fld. racemes; sepals and petals distinct: pedicels of the fr. 1/2-2 in. long; nutlets thick, strongly veined, bristly; wings upright or slightly spreading. Japan. G.C. II. 15:532. S.T.S. 1:67. Var. purpurascens, Rehd. (A. purpurascens, Franch. & Say. A. pulchrum, Lavalle). Fls. purple: lvs. turning red in autumn. S.I.F. 1:65.—Hardy at the Arnold Arboretum; similar to A. pseudoplatanus, but lvs. larger; the var. purpurascens is to be recommended for its early-appearing purple fls.


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