Red Maple - Acer rubrum var. rubrum
One of the mostly widely distributed trees on the continent, Red Maple grows from Newfoundland west to Minnesota, and south to Florida and Texas. It is a medium-sized tree with a straight, tall trunk and dense crown. The common name is apt, as the twigs are reddish, as are the flowers, fruit, and young leaves. And, the stunning autumn color is also reddish. Red Maple grows in a variety of habitats, ranging from wet to dry, and is found in the higher eastern mountains. The leaves are shallowly divided in 3 or 5 lobes, and are a muted green.