Red Maple

Latin Name: Acer rubrum

Facts about Red Maple:

  • Is widely planted as ornamental and the red maple is one of the first trees to flower each Spring.

  • The Red Maple grows quickly, usually lives 75-100 years, and is very similar to the silver maple.

  • From the Maple Family

  • Looks Like:

    • Shape and size: Trees 20-25 m tall

    • Flowers:

      • Reddish and short stalked

      • About 3 mm across

      • Flowers in tassel-like clusters

  • Habitat:

    • Cool, moist sites by swamp, streams and springs but it can sometimes be found in upland drier sites.

BioDiversity Benefits:

  • Provides habitat from wildlife by providing housing or even a cooler micro-climate.

  • Attracts pollinators

Historical Use:

  • Woods has been used for: pulp and for making crates, furniture, cabinets, and flooring.

  • Can be used to make maple syrup but red maple sap is only half as sweet as that of sugar maple.