Red Maple

Arbor walk #9

This is a large, native, shade tree and its reddish fall color is one of its most dramatic features.

Common Name Red Maple
Latin Name Acer rubrum
Type Native 
Diameter 14″ dbh
Color of Leaf Dark green, red to scarlet fall color
Shape of Leaf Oval 2″ to 5″ long with 3 to 5 lobes & pointed tips
Color of Flower Red
Shape of Flower 4 or 5 tassel-like clusters
Bark Characteristics Light gray & smooth when young, darker gray, furrowed & flaky at maturity

The flowers, seeds, and twigs on the Red Maple also have red color spread throughout. Although known for its iconic leaves, the samaras of the Red Maple provide food for many animals. Its leaves are particularly resistant to leaf chlorosis. The Red Maple grows in the Eastern and Central portion of the United States and is the state tree of Rhode Island.

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