Tree or large shrub, to 30 feet. Ideal for partially shaded areas. Habitat is moist soils, along canyon and mountain slopes in coniferous forests. More open and drier sites than Vine Maple. Leaves are green in spring, turning bright yellow to crimson in fall. Red color of "winged seeds" and new twigs contrast beautifully with the green leaves. Native American uses: wood used for snowshoe frames.