These landscaping trees are extremely common in the eastern US, but I was surprised to discover that they have no entry in Plants For A Future. Does anyone know if they have any uses or interesting properties?
Location: northern California
posted 2 years ago
Simply going from the fact that they are a maple, it seems like they would be able to be tapped for syrup if they were large enough, would make decent firewood, and might coppice well and/or produce good basketry shoots when pruned hard. I have seen these trees on Michigan State University campus and they seem fairly small and slow-growing, comparable to Japanese maple, which would limit their usefulness for any of these purposes.