Red Maple, Acer rubrum
The Red Maple is a colorful American native, so named for its rich red autumn foliage. The unique shape and reddish tint of the maple leaf make it pleasing all through the growing season, and, in winter pretty red buds appear. In spring, delicate red clusters of flowers blanket the ground, and even the leaf stems have a reddish tint. Fun helicopter seed pods spiral to the earth in early summer. Fall is when the tree truly shines, sporting blazing foliage in hues of fiery scarlet to brilliant yellow. The flaky bark of the tree is a lovely silver-gray color that complements the leaves nicely. The wood is hard and used in a variety of situations from making gunstocks and furniture to being sold as firewood. Red Maple trees are a great way to bring color to a lawn or landscape. These great trees will have a reddish color all year and will be spectacular during the autumn months. Red Maple trees can grow to be as tall as ninety feet and will grow well in full and partial sunlight. It will also be very adaptable to different soil conditions. Red Maple trees will make wonderful shade trees for a lawn. This tree will bloom in the early spring months of the year. It is best suited for climate zones three through nine and can grow in a wide range of soil conditions with no issues at all. Partial or full sunlight will provide the best results for this particular tree.