Red Maple
Acer Rubrum
Family: Aceraceae

Habitat:

Forests, riverbanks

Location relative to water:

Rooted onshore

Range:

Southeastern Canada to Florida in south, Texas and Missouri in west

Bark:

  • Upper trunk gray, smooth
  • Lower trunk darker, broken

Twigs:

  • Reddish
  • No unpleasant odor when broken

Fruit:

  • Small reddish keys (sometimes known as "helicopters")1.3-2.5 cm long (0.5-1.0 inches)
  • Wings close together

Leaves:

  • 3-5 lobed
  • Shallow sinuses
  • 5-20 cm long (2-8 inches)
  • Whitened and hairless or hairy on bottom
  • Base of terminal leaf lobe wide and V-shaped

Flowers:

  • Red, rarely yellow
  • Grow in short, umbrella-like clusters along twigs
 
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