Distinguishing Features: Lobes are deep and rounded, light colored flaky bark
- Type: Deciduous
- Form at maturity: 60 to 80 feet tall, pyramidal when young, rounded, or upright when mature
- Leaf: The leaves are alternate, simple, obovate to oblong-obovate, 4-8 1/2 inches long. Rounded lobes. red to pink to gray in spring, dark green to slightly blue-green in summer, brown to deep red to burgundy in the fall.
- Flower: Female pistallate flowers are reddish, minute, single or paired on short stalks, male staminate flowers are yellow green in drooping clustered catkins
- Bark: White or light gray, flaky bark
- Fruit or Seed: Solitary or paired, tan brown, 3/4-1 inch nut enclosed in a light brown, bowl-like cap (involucre).