Acer rubrum L.
Family: Sapindaceae
red maple
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Etymology: Acer: the classical Latin name for the maple
Plants: perennial tree up to 135' tall but usually 20'-40' and 1'-2' in diameter, young twigs red; bark gray when young becoming rough and dark
Leaves: opposite, undivided, 3-5 lobed; underside very pale, more or less hairy below when young, indentations (sinuses) between main lobes sharp; sharp, shallow lobes; base of end lobe wide; edges coarsely double-toothed
Flowers: blooms March-May much before the leaves open, in short clusters
Fruits: winged, paired fruit; fruit drawing, matures in spring
Habitat: swamps, moist uplands
Conservation Status: Native