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over 200 species of generally deciduous trees and shrubs, originating in Asia, Europe and North America; depending on the species they can reach from two to thirty meters in height.
Some varieties of Maple are cultivated for their ornamental foliage which, especially in autumn, takes on intense colors. Other species are cultivated for wood and bark. These are rustic plants, resistant to cold, which need rich and well-drained soils. The leaves are generally five-lobed, but some species (such as the Acer circinatum) have rounded leaves with 7-9 lobes.
Among the many species we remember:
also called trident maple, it is a leafy, deciduous tree, which also reaches 10 meters; it has very dense foliage. Leaves with three lobes that turn yellow-orange in the fall. Widely used as a bonsai plant, it has quite slow growth.