A tree with 🌳︎ broadleaves arranged opposite, blade division=🍁︎ simple, 3-lobed (4+5 very small), leaf surface=smooth, teeth irregular size, not a shrub, twigs=red, branch tips do not curve upward.  ⚘ Flowers are small clusters of red, and appear very early in growing season—often appears before leaves!  Leaves and petiole are bright red in autumn.  Twigs are bright red in winter.  Usually grows in moist areas.

Also called ♒︎ water maple and swamp maple (although do not confuse with ◼︎ silver maple  Acer saccharinum which is also called those).  Part of maple  genus Acer in soapberry  family Sapindaceae.

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA, east of the 🗻︎ Rocky Mountains.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Often planted as a shade tree.  Some are tapped to make maple syrup.

Acer hosts caterpillars of 285 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  Pollinator use and growing info for
this and other trees and plants (.pdf).

Considered one of the soft maples, although its wood is nearly as hard as its cousins.

Male trees score highly allergenic (7-8 out of 10) on the OPALS™ Ogren Plant Allergy Scale.  Female trees score least allergenic (1 out of 10).  But most trees have flowers of both genders.

Planting info (SW Michigan) (.pdf)  

Learn more about ◼︎ red maple Acer rubrum

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