Red Maple

Acer rubrum

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Basic Information

Other names

Swamp Maple, Water Maple, Soft Maple

Order

Sapindales

Family

Sapindaceae

Size

30 - 70 ft

Leaf Color

Green, Red Fall Foliage

Leaf Arrangement

Opposite

Leaf Complexity

Palmate

Leaf Shape

Palmate

Blooming Season

Spring

Bloom Color

Red

Attracts

Bees, Wildlife

Danger

Leaves and bark are poisonous to livestock.

Can I eat Red Maple?

Maple Syrup! Though not as sweet as the Sugar Maple.

Medicinal uses for Red Maple

Native Americans used the bark as an analgesic, wash for inflamed eyes and cataracts, and as a medicine for hives and muscular aches. Tea brewed from the inner bark has been used for treating coughs and diarrhea. Settlers made brown and black dyes from the bark.

Red Maple Habitat

Red Maples (Acer rubrum) require high water. They can often be found in moist forests and wet swamplands along stream beds.

Red Maple Facts

Red Maples (Acer rubrum) are widespread and bloom early, making them important to bees and other pollinators. Its buds are also an important food source to Eastern Gray Squirrels, White-tailed Deer and other wildlife. The tree's brilliant fall foliage light up trails in autumn. It is used in the production of Maple Syrup and is the state tree of Rhode Island.

Red Maple Distribution



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