Red Maple

Acer rubrum

native


Other Names:
Swamp Maple, Water Maple, Soft Maple


The Red Maple is a native tree found throughout Virginia. Many species of birds forage in Red Maples, and both birds and mammals sometimes use cavities in them. It is one of the most adaptable trees to a wide range of site conditions, but it is not considered to be a long-lived tree. The Red Maple is sometimes used in the production of maple syrup, but other species of maple are preferable. The wood is popular with makers of furniture and musical instruments.

Identification Tools

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Ranges

North America Virginia

Leaves

Red Maple leaves
Red Maple leaves

Red Maple leaves
Red Maple leaves

Red Maple leaves
Red Maple leaves

Flowers

You may not realize it, but maple trees bloom! Or if you already know this, it could be because you curse the mess of tiny flowers that fall all over your patio. The section below has been created to show you the beauty of these tiny flowers.

Red Maple flowers
Red Maples are one of the first trees in our area to show some color in the late winter as their buds burst into tiny red flowers in February, creating a warm haze before the green of new leaves even begins on other trees.

Red Maple in bloom
Red Maple flowers

Red Maple male flowers
A branch of Red Maple male flowers

Red Maple male flowers
A close view of Red Maple male flowers - you can see the pollen-bearing stamens

Red Maple female flowers
Red Maple female flowers - you can see the familiar two-winged "helicopter" seeds just starting to form at their bases

Red Maple male and female flowers
Red Maple male and female flowers: males on the left, females on the right

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