Trees up to 20 m tall. Bark dark brown, rather smooth. Twigs glabrous, often glaucous. Bud scales appressed, pubescent. Leaves deciduous, 5-15 cm across, 5-7-lobed; lobes acuminate, sinuses rounded, margins entire; base subcordate-truncate, glabrous except nerve axils, bearded beneath. Petioles slender, 3-15 cm long, glabrous. Flowers 5-merous, 6-8 mm across, yellow-green. Sepals oblong, 3-4 mm long. Petals spathulate, 3-4 mm long. Stamens 8, included, inserted on disc. Ovary glabrous; styles 2, free. Samaras compressed, glabrous, 2-4 cm long, divaricate to subhorizontal, the back sigmoid or arcuate; nutlets compressed.
Type: Described from Cappadocia in N.E. Turkey, Tournefort Herb. (P).
Distribution: N.E. Turkey, Caucasus, N. Iran, Himalayas to China and Japan.
Pakistani and Western Himalayan specimens do not appear to differ from the type in Turkey. The leaves turn yellow and red in autumn. The wood is used for making farming implements, poles and bedsteads.