Acer coriaceifolium (syn. Acer cinnamomifolium, A. oblongum var. macrocarpum). Aceraceae
- Broadleaf evergreen (or semi-evergreen) shrub or tree, often more or less shrubby in cultivation but may
form a tree to a height of 50 ft (15 m) in its habitat. Bark blackish gray or blackish brown.
Leaves opposite, simple, ovate-oblong or rarely lanceolate, 8-12 × 3-5 cm, leathery, base broadly
wedge shaped (cuneate) or rarely obtuse, apex ending in a small, slender point (apiculate), margin entire,
5-6 pairs of lataeral veins, upper surface dark green, pale green below; petiole 1.5-3 cm long, slender.
Flowers in termial clusters, each with 5 light green sepals, 5 light yellow petals, both about 4 mm
long, and 8 stamens, longer than the petals. Fruit (samara) brownish yellow, tomentose when young,
slightly so when mature, wing including nutlet about 3-5 cm long, wings spreading obtusely or acutely.
- Sun to part shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to subtropical forests in central and south
- Acer coriaceifolium is sometimes regarded as a var. of Acer
oblongum [Evergreen or Smooth Leaf Maple] and designated Acer oblongum var.
- coriaceifolium: coriaceus, tough, leathery, folium, leaf.