Characteristics of Himalayan Maple Tree (Acer oblongum) in the Wild

Acer oblongum
The Himalayan Maple or Kashmir Maple (Acer oblongum) is an evergreen Asian maple species that belongs to the Soapberry family.

The Himalayan Maple tree is widespread throughout central, eastern, and southeastern Asia, from Tibet and northern India to Japan, including southern China, and northern Indochina.

This tree is disputed by many botanists who consider Acer oblongum the same as Acer laurinum.

 

Characteristics of Himalayan Maple Leaf

Acer oblongum Leaf
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The leaves are opposite, ovate or lanceolate, with a petiole 5-12 cm long, the underside of the leaves is pale silvery green and the tops are dark green.

Young leaves are reddish-bronze and downy.

 

Characteristics of Himalayan Maple Flower

Acer oblongum Flower
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The flowers are hermaphrodite, small and inconspicuous, about 4 mm in diameter, and greenish-white in color.

 

Characteristics of Himalayan Maple Fruit

Acer oblongum Fruit
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The fruit is represented by two-winged samaras (typical of Maple fruit), and about 2.5 cm long.

 

Characteristics of Himalayan Maple Tree

Acer oblongum Tree
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The Himalayan Maple grows as a medium-sized, semi-deciduous tree that reaches a height of about 27-30 meters. This species is unique because it is always green leafy among other Maple which generally changes its leaf color every season.

The tree likes a humid climate in wet tropical forests, especially along with river flows, at an altitude of about 600-2,000 meters above sea level.

 

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