Acer rubrum
(Red Maple)

A relatively large tree that can reach 80′ to 100′ but normally reaching 50′ to 60′.

Leaves: are deciduous, opposite, simple, 2-6″ in length, turn red and orange in the fall, whitish undersides.

Flowers: are bright red in clusters along young branches before the leaves in early spring.

Fruit: spring to early summer on slender hanging stalks, paired samaras with red or yellow wings 1/2 to 1 1/2″ length.

Twigs: smooth, usually slender, reddish with dark red buds.

Bark: Light gray and smooth when young, darker and more furrowed with age.

Comments: A very fast growing ornamental and shade tree that provides year round color.