Acer coriaceifolium
Common name: 
Leatherleaf Maple
A-ser kor-i-a-sih-FOH-lee-um
Sapindaceae, Aceraceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • 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 lateral veins, upper surface dark green, pale green below; petiole 1.5-3 cm long, slender.   Flowers in terminal 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 eastern China.
  • Acer coriaceifolium is sometimes named Acer cinnamomifolium, as well as being regarded as a var. of Acer oblongum [Evergreen or Smooth Leaf Maple] and designated Acer oblongum var. macrocarpum.
  • coriaceifolium: coriaceus, tough, leathery, folium, leaf.
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    flower cluster and leaf

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    leafy shoot

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    trunk, bark