Maple, Red

Acer rubrum
A large 60-90' tree. The gray bark is smooth when young, becoming darker, rougher and somewhat shaggy with age. The opposite leaves are on long gray or reddish stalks and have 3 large toothed lobes and often 2 much smaller ones at the base. The leaf underside is whitened and may be hairy. The twigs and buds are reddish. The 1/8-1/4", long-stalked, flattened reddish flowers are in short stalked, crowded clusters and appear before the leaves. The fruits are pairs of 1" reddish winged keys at a shallow angle to each other. Flowers March, April; fruits May, June.
A very widely distributed tree that thrives in a variety of environments. The fall foliage is brilliant scarlet and crimson.