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Maple, Red (Acer rubrum)
Also known as: swamp maple
General: Small to medium-sized deciduous tree with grey bark, which is scaly on older trees. Flowers appear before the leaves, as opposed to sugar maple where flowers appear as the leaves emerge.
Leaves & Twigs: Twigs are slender, shiny and dark red with whitish dots.
Flowers & Fruit: Flowers emerge from dark red buds in early spring and form dense, short-stalked clusters.
Male and female flowers usually grow on different branches of the same tree, but they can appear on separate trees.
Male flowers are red, while female flowers are yellowish green.
Habitat: These trees are often found in swamps and in moist soils. Moderately shade-tolerant, they also thrive in drier habitats.
Sampling: Tag a typical tree for observation.