mountain maple

noun
a shrub, Acer spicatum, of eastern North America, having small, greenish-yellow flowers and winged fruit, the foliage turning to orange and scarlet in autumn.

Origin:
1775–85, Americanism

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Example sentences
Hazelnut, blueberry, mountain maple and big leaf aster are common understory
  species.
The dense shrub and sapling layer is primarily beaked hazelnut, red maple, and
  mountain maple with blueberry and sweet fern.
Thickets of mountain maple and alder are found in some areas.
Rocky mountain maple is a native tree or large shrub with yellow fall color.
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