Red Maple

  

(Acer rubrum)


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A beautiful, Native Ontario and Niagara maple that looks similar the silver maple. Its fall, early spring colour and smooth, silvery bark make it a popular tree for cities and landscapes. The Red Maple is adaptable to a wide range of condition as long as the soil is acidic enough. Signs of improper soil ph include chlorosis in the leaves.

Leaves

Dark green with 3-5 lobes (3 middle lobes are large). The fall colour is vibrant yellow, red or orange. Since fall colour is genetically variable, a lack of nice fall colour is possible unless a cultivar is used.

Twigs & Buds

Oval, red leaf buds come in clusters. Nice red flowers appear before leaves in the spring.

Flowers & Fruit

Keys protrude at 45 degree angles.