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.  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 that).  One of the soft maples .

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA central and East.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Often planted as a shade tree.

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).

Learn more about red maple Acer rubrum

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