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August’s Tree of the Month is Acer rubrum, or the Red Maple tree (or the swamp maple, water maple, and even soft maple). Their colloquial name comes from their stunning fall color display, which usually features brilliant scarlet leaves, but can also include oranges, yellows, and yellow-greens. Whether you know it or not, you probably see one of these every single day; the red maple is recognized by the US Forest Service as the most abundant native tree in eastern North America. In fact, they have the greatest north-south range of any tree species living entirely in eastern forests, and can be found from southern Florida all the way to Newfoundland!
But their leaves aren’t their only hallmark; younger trees will have smooth, silvery-grey bark that makes a great winter attraction when all the branches are bare. As the tree matures, the bark will retain the silver-grey coloring but will begin to crack and fissure, creating a mottled, signature bark look.
Red maples make great shade trees, and are relatively low-maintenance, which has led to high propagation rates in urban areas. Unfortunately, many planters are not aware of how close to the surface a red maple’s root system grows. This can lead to either accidental root trauma that damages the tree’s structural integrity and may lead to tree failure, or to the disturbance of sidewalks and other structures within the roots’ reach.
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Red Maple – Arbor Day Foundation
Pros & Cons of Red Maple Trees
Red Maple Tree: Care of Red Maple Trees: How To Grow A Red Maple Tree
Leaf: National Wildlife Federation: Red Maple
Full Tree: After Planting A Red Maple Tree
Seeds: Acer rubrum – Red Maple
Seedpod: Seedpod Autorotates
Canada Flag: The National Flag of Canada
Rhode Island Stamp: Rhode Island
Smooth Bark: Smooth Maple Tree Bark
Cracked Bark: Red Maple, Bark and Trunk
Fall: Variation in Fall Color: Red Maple
Roots: Ask An Expert: Red Maple
Flowers: Red Maples Female, and Red Maples Male
Flowers 2: Red Maples Female, and Red Maples Male