What is That Tree
Maude Adams Road Plant Walk
Mountain Top Arboretum
June 18, 2016
Acer pensylvanicum, striped maple, moosewood, Sapindaceae
Leaves opposite, serrate, 3-lobed, 5" to 7" long and wide, bright green.
Green, white-striped bark very striking.
Flowers yellow in long pendulous chains, followed by long samaras in pendulous chains.
Among the most shade-tolerant of deciduous trees, can sucker in very deep shade.
The Gilboa Forest
Visitors to the Mountaintop Arboretum get to wander through our modern temperate forest and it is a wonderful experience. But we should all appreciate that there have been forests right here continuously for almost 400 million years. Throughout all that time forest ecology has been evolving into what we see today. But, if we can imagine ourselves returning back all those millions of years we would find ourselves in one of the world’s oldest forests: known to geologists as the Gilboa Forest. The fossils of this ancient ecology are preserved in many Catskill rock sequences.