Acer pensylvanicum /Maple Family
April 29, 2005
This small tree grows in the Smokies and blooms in late April and early May. The light green flowers hang like pendants, usually below the large leaves. Most maple flowers don't have petals, so these are much more showy and pretty! I found this tree blooming along the Little River Trail while I was leading a hike for the Gatlinburg Wildflower Pilgrimage.
Perennial - tree
Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains, Fall Creek Falls SP