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Red Maple Tree

The red maple tree is a deciduous tree that will often grow to between forty and sixty feet tall. The crown of a red maple tree is rounded to oval in shape. In northern sates, red maple trees usually occur in low wetlands or river flood plains. In the southern states, they usually occur naturally in drier, upland areas.

The leaves of a red maple tree are shiny green on top and pale green beneath. They typically have three to five lobes, and are three to six inches across. The flowers are small and red, appearing in dense clusters from late March to early April. The flowers are followed by small red fruit appearing in early summer. Red maple trees also have reddish stems and twigs.

Red maple trees grow faster than Norway and Sugar maple trees, but slower than silver maple trees. The sap of a red maple tree can be used to make sugar, but this is of a lesser quality than that made by sugar maple trees. In the fall, the foliage of red maple trees turns a spectacular crimson orange, which remains on the tree for a long time.

Red maple trees are fast growing maple trees, which prefer full sun, but will also grow in full shade. They are widely adaptable in the soils in which they grow. Hardy in zones four through ten, they make excellent additions to any landscape. Red maple trees are highly ornamental, especially during the flowering period and in the fall months.

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