Large, stately growing tree with an undulating crown due to its slightly hanging branches. Growing to an above-average height with open branching. In its original habitat in North America there are specimen of 35 m. The leaf is deeply lobed and is 5-lobed to 5-foliate. The colour is green with a grey white underside. The leaf stalk is red. In autumn the leaf usually turns yellow. Some leaves often turn orange to red creating a decorative effect. The flowers emerge before the leaves unfurl. It has a shallow root system with strongly branching roots and many fibrous rootlets. The main roots may push up hard surfaces. Is tolerant to moist soil and therefore multi-functional. Often applied as a street tree, but, due to branches breaking easily, caused by wind, it is now increasingly applied as a park tree.
Acer saccharinum grows in its natural habitat close to rivers and marshes.
But the tree can also grow on drier sites.