|Acer spicatum takes either a shrub or small bushy tree form, reaching 25 feet tall. Bark is smooth, grayish brown, and in maturity may have a warty appearance. Bright green foliage turns orange, purple and red in fall. Flowers are small, creamy white on upright panicles. Prefers cool, moist shady areas with acidic soil, such as found in the wild and is not well adapted to cultivation. Not seriously bothered by pests, a good native plant for naturalized areas in its home range. Native from Labrador to Saskatchewan, south to northern areas of Georgia and Iowa.