American Univesity of Beirut

Syrian Maple

​​Acer obtusifolium (Acer syriacum), قيقب سوري

Altitude: 200-1000 m
Month of Collection: November - December

Delivery of Orders:

  • Small trees for reforestation: $3/tree (Oct – Dec)
  • Medium-sized trees for landscaping: $15/tree (any time)
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Maples include diverse species that vary in size and form; some grow as single-trunked trees and others as multi-stemmed shrubs. In autumn, they display brilliant red or yellow foliage before shedding their leaves for the winter. The word for Maple in Arabic, Qayqab, also means saddle, suggesting that saddles were once made out of maple wood from native trees. Despite their diversity, maples are relatively easy to identify by their fruits and leaves. Their fruits, called samaras, have insect-like pairs of wings. When strong winds blow or the tree is shaken, the mature samaras detach from the tree, and their wings twirl like the rotors of a helicopter as the seeds drift to the ground. 
Three species of Maple grow in the eastern Mediterranean: Hermon, Syrian, and Taurus.

The Syrian Maple generally grows along rivers and creeks in areas such as Lassa, Libbaya, Maarab, Dlebta, and Nahr El Kalb. This small tree has an attractive, compact form and usually inhabits the same locations as the Judas tree. It can be distinguished from the Hermon Maple by its leaves, which are slightly larger and bright gray-green, as well as by the fact that it does not shed its leaves in the winter. The new leaves forming in spring are reddish brown at first and gradually turn green, revealing the bright red samaras that turn gradually green in the summer and then dark green in winter.

  • This text is an exerpt from the book Trees of Lebanon©, which includes additional information on how to grow and care for the described tree.

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