Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Maples . . . ] Forest Type: Various
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Found in various eastern North American forest types as a canopy tree.
Stature: 50-80 feet high; to 32 inches in diameter; when mature featuring a dense, rounded crown.
Leaves: 2-6 inches long; simple; with 3-5 lobes (usually 3 primary lobes); sinuses shallow; smooth; doubly toothed; light green above; paler below; turning red in the fall.
Bark: Light gray and smooth at first, becoming dark grayish brown and somewhat scaly.
Fruit: A red to reddish brown "helicopter" about an inch long, appearing in spring.
Expanded treatment of this tree can be found at our companion site, midwestnaturalist.com, here.
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2010, November). Red maple (Acer rubrum). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/acer_rubrum.html