The Red Maple Tree

The Red Maple Tree

Posted by Tammy Sons on Aug 21, 2017

Red Maple Trees are one of the most vibrant trees in autumn. It's also known as Soft Maple and Acer Rubrum and is one of the most often seen deciduous trees in North America. These trees are abundant and are usually located in Ontario, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, and Newfoundland, Rhode Island. It originates from its family Aceraceae and is best known for its brilliant scarlet hue in autumn.

Beautiful Features

Several of the fantastic features the Acer ruburm possesses includes the ability to transform colors with the season. The variable in the forms of leaves is due to the several pigments embedded within the leaves. Those pigments reflect green, orange, and red light. The leaves use the energy produced by the pigments to assist with the development and plant growth.

Height, Width, and Growth

Planting red maple trees in soil that has previously been moisturized is highly recommended. Once the tree has been maintained and matures, it can retain the height of 15 m (49 ft) and becomes a medium to large-sized tree. The tree can adapt to different conditions. You can find this beautiful tree growing in swamps, dry soil, and harsh conditions. In a forest habitat, the bark will stay free of branches until it reaches a certain height. Its growth rate can exceed 2,500 feet, starting at sea level. The giant living red maple is located in Michigan and stands at 125 feet.

Distinguishing Factors

The branches and leaves of the red maple make it very simple to distinguish it from its family. The twigs and branches will have leaves grow on the opposite side of them. The leaves are usually 6-10 cm long and 3-5 lobes wide. The leaves pattern can portray a variety of designs. The leaves do tend to transform into a brilliant and dazzling red in autumn.

The twigs are also red and are as brilliant as the leaves. The flowers that appear are typically uni-sexual. Male and female flowers will erupt in different clusters. The flowers tend to make an appearance during the spring season and come before the leaves. The flowers are red, oblong, and pubescent. 

The fruit is born on a long stem and varies in different colors. The colors include light brown and red. The fruit will ripen when the flowers bloom and will remain longer. Once they reach a mature age, the seeds will separate and disperse until July.

Red Maple Benefits

The red maple tree has many benefits. Many homeowners tend to use them for shade during the summer. Lumber industries tend to use wood to create beautiful stained furnishings. Many industries also create maple syrup from the sweet sap it offers. Most nurseries sell red maple trees, and they are a good seller, states Tammy Sons, owner of Trees-Plants Nursery.

Proper Care

Proper upkeep and maintenance of deciduous trees will only enhance and accentuate their fine qualities. Do not water it frequently. Moisturize the soil, trim, and spray for bugs.