Ed Golson Outdoor Education

Red maple tree

Scientific Name: Acer rubrum

Description: This deciduous tree is quite common in Michigan. It is well known for its distinctive leaf shape. The leaves are 2 to 5 inches long and usually have 3 to 5 lobes on it. The tree itself grows to about 40 to 60 feet high. The bark of this tree is smooth and gray when the tree is young but becomes darker and scaly as the tree gets older. The flowers of this tree grow in small, bright red hanging clusters. The flowers usually appear on the tree in early spring before the leaves form. The "fruit" of the maple tree is also easy to identify. Its fruits are the wings on the maple's seeds that help the seed fly for longer distances in the wind.

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