One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tree or shrub with lobed leaves, winged fruits, and colourful autumn foliage, grown as an ornamental or for its timber or syrupy sap.
Genus Acer, family Aceraceae: many species, including the common European field maple (A. campestre) and the North American sugar maple (A. saccharum)
- ‘The answer lies in the tremendous diversity of deciduous trees: maples, oaks, sumacs and beech each impart their own range of colours to the overall palette.’
- ‘The gardens have very successfully combined Japanese species such as azaleas, maples and cherry trees with native plants such as Canadian maples and red cedars.’
- ‘In addition to these, a laceleaf Japanese maple, a vine maple, blue oat grass, and other ornamentals cover the berm.’
- ‘Sugar maples, red maples, dogwood, sweet gum, black gum and sourwood can be brilliant red or yellow.’
- ‘The garden includes ferns, hydrangeas, irises, waterlilies, camellias, rhododendrons, Japanese maples and fuchsias.’
- ‘The beetles' affinity for certain trees, like maples, poplars, willows, and elms, is significant because such attractive species may be used as sentinel trees.’
- ‘Among the others are tanoaks, California black oaks, Shreve's oaks, madrones, rhododendrons, manzanita, big leaf maples and bay laurels.’
- ‘I was blown away - masses of dogwoods with striking blood red stems jostled with white-barked birch trees, snakeskin maples and much more.’
- ‘Some deciduous trees, such as many maples and oaks, can be pruned to allow more light to reach the ground.’
- ‘The hillsides are covered with maples and other foliage.’
- ‘At the end of the road, the view of nature is replaced by rows of small villas surrounded by colourful chrysanthemums and dark-red maples.’
- ‘In the native forests of the Oregon Cascades hemlocks, cedars, maples, many fir and pine species, and others are intermingled among the dominant Douglas fir.’
- ‘Although Acer palmatum is the classic Japanese maple there are other maples from Japan with a similar degree of elegance.’
- ‘Laurel oaks, maples, pecans and sweetgum trees don't do as well.’
- ‘If he finds these big structures, he probably has a broad-leaf tree such as a maple or oak instead of a pine or other conifer.’
- ‘Inside the rotunda are flowers, ivy and a single Japanese maple tree that provides shade for the graves.’
- ‘Although set in 24 acres of land, extra measures have been taken to plant more oaks, sycamores, maples and horse chestnut trees to provide increased privacy.’
- ‘It wasn't so much different from Utah, but for the fact that this had more maples and oaks than pine trees, and that it was absolutely flat.’
- ‘The eggs were not laid until the last week of April, as the weather warmed up, serviceberry bloomed, and maples, poplars, birches, and beeches were leafing out.’
- ‘There was a chill in the air with winds from the not-so-distant fog harassing the prematurely yellowed leaves of maples.’
Old English mapel (as the first element of mapeltrēow, mapulder ‘maple tree’); used as an independent word from Middle English.
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