red maple, scarlet maple
February - April
Wetland Coefficient of Conservatism
Red maples have opposite, lobed leaves that may be confused with those of sweetgum which are alternate. They can be distinguished from silver maple which has fetid smelling twigs and a terminal lobe that is constricted near its base.
Can be tapped to make maple syrup but not near as productive as sugar maple. Its brilliant red seed in early spring make this tree a showy landscape tree.