Maples (Acer) are one of the major collections at the JCRA, with over 150 different kinds (taxa). This diversity includes maples for street tree planting, for home gardens, and even some newly introduced evergreen maples for the southern United States. The variety, beauty, and grace found in this genus ensures their popularity in temperate gardens worldwide.
There are approximately 125 species of maple and another 95 subspecies found worldwide. Maples have been moved from their own family (Aceraceae) to the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) based on new molecular data. Other plants in this expanded family besides maple (Acer) and soapberry (Sapindus) include buckeye (Aesculus), goldenrain tree (Koelreuteria), and yellowhorn (Xanthoceras).
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