Red Maple, Acer rubrum
As the name implies, the Red Maple's leaves turn a brilliant fiery red in the autumn months. This display should make for quite the eye catcher in the garden as temperatures drop. In the spring, this tree will be covered in tiny red blossoms, female flowers drooping down or males growing upwards. These trees are also a food source for deer and elk in the winter, so expect to see a few in its shade in the cold months. The branches will also provide more than adequate living space for birds and squirrels, giving nature lovers even more to love about planting this majestic tree in their yard.
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. 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.