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Red Maple

TREES

GENUS/SPECIES


Acer rubrum

FAMILY


Aceraceae
(all maples, including box elder, and Chinese Dipteronia)

SYNONYMS


Information not available

DISTRIBUTION


Eastern US

  • E Texas northward to Minnesota
  • Minnesota eastward to Maine
  • Maine southward to S Florida
  • Absent from Iowa, N Missouri, and central Illinois

Comments

This is a common deciduous tree found in many kinds of forests, but favoring those that are rather moist. It is prized as an ornamental. This tree earns the name “red” because the following are of this color: young twigs, flowers, winged pairs of seeds, immature leaves, autumn leaves. The flowers form in the early spring before the leaves, and they are at least partially insect-pollinated.