Fast growing medium-sized to tall tree with a wide crown. The young twigs are shiny green and usually light grey pruinose. The Dutch name 'vederesdoorn' comes from its feathered leaf, a feature characteristic for only this species and its derived varieties. The leaves are unevenly feathered and have 3 to 5 leaflets. A. negundo is dioecious, the flowers are monoecious. The male and female flower parts are in separate flowers in different trees. The male flowers appear in compact clusters of usually four flowers together. The female flowers appear in long pendent racemes. Like other maples the fruits have typical “wings”, called “samaras”. The tree grows both at wet and dry sites. It has a deep rooting main root which branches out strongly.