FormatIndia ink on 4-ply cream board.
Dimensions36.8 cm W x 55.3 cm H (Item)
29.5 cm W x 46 cm H (Platemark or image size)
Illustrations of five species of maple, created to accompany "The Maples of The Morton Arboretum" article featured in Morton Arboretum Bulletin of Popular Information. Drawings show tree shape, including top, twigs, branches, and size, winged seeds, and leaves. Descriptive text gives details of tree structure (branching, bark, and trunk), habitat, seed ripening schedule, and leaf details including color and sinus structure.
Illustrations depicted from top to bottom:
- Norway maple -- Acer platanoides
- round top; twigs green-brown; from Europe, Caucasia; ripe in Fall; green on both sides; broad; rounded sinuses; 7-lobed; pale yellow in Fall; milky juice
- Sycamore maple -- Acer pseudoplatanus
- spreading top; from Europe, W. Asia; bark scales off in thin flakes; ripe in Fall; hanging in clusters like grapes; toothed margin; green on both sides; acute sinuses
- Amur maple -- Acer ginnala
- shrub to small tree; slender smooth branches; from China, Japan; ripe in late summer, red; long central lobe; toothed margin; yellow, orange, red in Fall
- Hedge maple -- Acer campestre
- shrub to small tree; from Europe, W. Asia; flattened nutlet; ripe in Fall; not toothed; milky juice
- Japanese maple -- Acer palmatum
- shrub; from Korea, Japan; ripe in Fall; usually red in Spring fading to green; 5 to 9 lobed