Quite a tall tree, up to 40 meters high. The trunk diameter is more than 1 meter . The tree has five-toed leaves, typical of maples The species range covers Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran. Grows in the Hyrcanian forests The species was first described by the Swiss botanist and traveler Pierre Edmond Boissier in 1845
A deciduous tree to 25(–40) m the wild. Bark grey, smooth. Branchlets glabrous, purplish-red to brown. Buds long ovoid, with few to many pairs of imbricate scales, grey to brown, ciliate or not. Leaves chartaceous, broadly pentagonal in outline, base cordate, 5-lobed, 10–25 × 15–25 cm, lobes ovate to oblong, dissected to halfway, lateral lobes spreading, basal lobes smaller, apex obtuse to acute, margins coarsely serrate, upper surface dark green, lower surface paler, pubescent or not, often along veins when so; petiole 10–25 cm long, reddish, autumn colours yellow. Inflorescence terminal, corymbose-paniculate, glabrous, erect, many flowered, 8–12 cm long. Flowers yellowish-green, 5-merous. Samaras to 5 cm long, pubescent, wings spreading at acute or right angles; nutlets ovoid. Flowering from May to June, after the leaves, fruiting in October.