Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. March 2011.
Scientific name: Acer rubrum L.
Common name(s): red maple, swamp maple, scarlet maple
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Multi-stemmed bush in the open with light gray bark and shiny, red, hairless twigs dotted with white lenticels. Leaves opposite with 3-5 lobes, 3″-4″ long with sharp angled lobes, dark green above and whitened underneath. Flowers appear in clusters in April, before leaf buds open. Male flowers, yellow-red, and female flowers bright scarlet, usually appear on separate trees. Prefers wetter soils.