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Red maple

Red maple
Red maple

Red maple
Acer rubrum

While several maple species occur here, only red maple is common (in fact, it is the most numerous tree in Delaware).  Planted in urban areas for its colorful fall foliage, red maples adapt easily to most environments. Red maple produces reddish-colored flowers in springtime before the leaves appear. This is followed by the winged, V-shaped fruit (samara) that ripens in late spring or early summer.

Red maple leaves have 3 to 5 lobes with  coarsely-toothed edges. They turn a brilliant scarlet, orange or bright yellow color in fall.

Red maple – Acer rubrum
LocationPointsC.B.H.HeightCrown
32164 Townsends Rd., Dagsboro3482309784
Redden State Forest, Ellendale *29017010658
24 Southern Blvd., Wyoming2801996852
*Owens Tract