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Plant Details

Acer rubrum

Red Maple

Scientific Name:

Acer rubrum

Genus:

Acer

Species Epithet:

rubrum

Common Name:

Red Maple

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Sapindaceae (Soapberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

72-100 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

Jan, Feb, March

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

upland deciduous forests, up to at least 1500m elevation, moist bottomlands and slopes; common

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Flowers

The brilliant red flowers of Red Maples are among the earliest signs of spring.

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Winged fruit

Red Maple's fruit is as colorful as the flowers. The leaves also turn a brilliant red in fall.

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Leaves

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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