32. Acer truncatum – Shantung Maple
Scientific Name: Acer truncatum
A common ornamental in Europe and North America, the shantung maple is often difficult to distinguish from other Asian maples. Unlike many other maples, however, it reproduces via hypogeal germination. This means that, similar to peas, germination takes place underground. The shantung maple is not a true maple, but actually belongs to the soapberry family. It is very resistant to drought and air pollution, making it an excellent ornamental choice.
DBH: 1.6 inches