Flower: Dioecious, both sexes lacking petals, occuring as panicles. Flowers appear after the leaves unfold.
Fruit: A one-winged, dry, flattened samara with a slender, thin, seed cavity, maturing September to October and dispersing over winter.
Twig: Stout to medium texture, gray to green-brown and either glabrous or pubescent, depending on variety. Leaf scars are semicircular, lacking the notched top.
Bark: Ashy gray to brown in color, with interlacing corky ridges forming obvious diamonds. Older trees may be somewhat scaly.
Form: A medium-sized tree with a poorly formed bole and an irregular crown.
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