Small hanging clusters of bright red flowers appear in spring before the leaves. Male flowers have long stamens that extend beyond the petal and are covered in yellow pollen. The female stigma extends past the petals. Seeds are on double samaras (winged seeds) that children often call “helicopters”. Most of the flowers are high up in the tree so are easily not noticed.
|Habitat||Adaptable to a very wide range of soil conditions. As is blooms very early in spring, it is an important nectar source for pollinators. Turning red in fall, it gives a colorful display.|
|Leaf Description||Leaves are palmately lobed with five lobes in a finger-like fashion. Red maple leaves have toothed edges and are green on top and paler underneath. Autumn foliage varies from greenish yellow to vibrant scarlet to burgundy and often one of the first trees to color. The twigs of the red maple are reddish in color.|
|Soil Type||All Types|
|Light Source||Partial Shade, Sun|