At first this plant was considered to be an unnamed clone of A. saccharinum and it received the cultivar name 'Elegant'. The plant was sold under this name for some years until it was concluded that this tree belongs to the hybrid Acer x freemanii. It is a tall tree with a wide crown of which the main branches point upwards diagonally. The growth habit is more evenly and more compact than that of A. saccharinum. The thick leaves are palmatifid, a feature indicating the influence of the A. saccharinum. A great advantage, in contrast to the A. saccharinum, is, that 'Elegant' is better wind resistant. The tree thrives well in hard surfaces and it is therefore perfectly suitable for wide streets and avenues. It is an outstanding example of a park tree.