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Genus: Acer (maples)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Sapindales > Family: Sapindaceae

Acer sp. in Cape Town garden. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

About 125 species, native to the Northern Hemisphere, mainly Asia. Twenty species are cultivated in southern Africa. Previously placed in family Aceraceae.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Acer buergerianum (Chinese maple)

Native to China and Taiwan.


Acer campestre (Field maple)

Native to Europe and western Asia.


Acer circinatum (Vine maple)

Native to western USA.


Acer davidii

Native to China.


Acer diabolicum (Kaji-Kaede)

Native to Japan.


Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Native to NE Asia.


Acer griseum (Paperbark maple)

Native to China.

Acer hookeri (Lahara kapasi)

Indigenous from India to China.


Acer japonicum (Hauchiwa-kaede)

Native to Japan.


Acer mono

Indigenous from Siberia to Japan.


Acer monspessulanum (Montpelier maple)

Indigenous from the Mediterranean to Iran.


Acer negundo (Ash-leaved maple, Box elder)

Indigenous from Canada to Mexico.


Acer oblongum (Buzimpala)

Indigenous from India to China.


Acer palmatum (Japanese maple)

Native to Japan, Korea and Taiwan.


Acer platanoides (Norway maple)

Indigenous from Europe through to the Caucasus.


Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore maple)

Native to Europe.


Acer rubrum (Red maple)

Native to eastern Canada and USA.


Acer rufinerve (Uri-hada-kaede)

Native to Japan.


Acer saccharinum (White maple)

Native to eastern Canada and USA.


Acer saccharum (Sugar maple)

Native to eastern Canada and USA.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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