A stiff, upright, twiggy and stocky tree with small dark green leathery leaves. Tolerataes extreme heat and drought. A medium-sized tree, depending on the climate. It is sometimes confused with Acer campestre, the Hedge maple. This species from the Mediterranean region is a small tidy tree or large shrub to 40 ft. The 3-lobed leaves are 2 in. wide and are smooth, leathery and glaucuous on the underside. There are long pendulous clusters of winged fruits. The bark is smooth and dark gray.