Acer palmatum

 

Japanese Maple                                   

 

315 College Avenue, Lancaster PA (best viewed from alley behind the house, near Reynolds Middle School off Walnut Street)

 

John and Nan Roose

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This tree rivals, and may even surpass, the Pennsylvania state champion.  An arborist has called it the largest Japanese Maple he'd ever seen and estimated its age at over 100 years. Five co-dominant trunks.

 

The flowers of this amazing species are too small and inconspicuous to attract most insects but they are relished by grouse, quail and many blossom-eating songbirds like cedar-waxwings. The eventual seeds are enjoyed by chipmunks, squirrels and other small mammals.