Shape: Oval; round. Irregular outline or silhouette.
Foliage: Opposite, simple, 3 triangular lobes, entire or slightly serrated margin, 2 to 3 inches long, shiny dark green above, paler or whitened beneath.
Fall Color: Red
Comments: Trident Maple should be planted in full sun or partial shade on well-drained, acid to neutral soil. Consider protecting the trunk with a white trunk wrap the first couple winters to help prevent bark damage from direct sun exposure in northern climates. Given open soil for root expansion, it tolerates salt, air pollution, wind and drought. This is one tough tree well suited for urban landscapes. Foliage remains green even in extended drought. Bark exfoliates nicely. Some chlorosis can develop in soils with alkaline soil pH but it is moderately tolerant of soil salt. Bark exfoliates into showy plates as trees grow older.