Red Maple
Family: Aceraceae (View Members of Aceraceae)

Genus and Species: Acer rubrum

Leaves: The leaves are opposite and about 2-4" (5-10cm) in width and length. (View Measured Leaf) They have three shallow, pointed lobes and are irregularly saw-toothed. The stalks are red and green and are generally long. The leaves are dull green on top and are pale and hairy underneath. (View Leaves)

Bark: The bark is mostly smooth, with some small ridges and is gray-light gray in color. (View Bark) The twigs are red and hairless.

Fruit: The keys are about 1" (2.5 cm) long and are paired in the bunch. They are red in color and are forked.

Tree: The tree is usually 60-90' (9-18m) tall and has a compact crown, as pictured to the left.

Range and Habitat: From Manitoba east to Newfoundland, south to Florida and west to Texas. Found most commonly in moist areas.

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Red Maple Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 9/29/02)