AUTUMN RED MAPLE TREE – ACER RUBRUM
Autumn Red Maple trees will occasionally grow up to 100 feet high but often grows around fifty to sixty feet. These trees are very long lived and can live for over two hundred years. This tree grows rather thick, and its trunk can have a diameter of two or more feet. This tree also has an extensive spread and can be used as a shade tree. The foliage of this tree is a star shaped just like its maple tree relatives. The leaves are a light green, getting darker in the summer months. These same leaves turn a blazing red color in the fall months. This fact makes it one of the most highly grown trees in the United States. This beautiful tree is also extremely hardy and resistant to most city pollution. The tree has few diseases and is a perfect tree to be built in the city where pollution is worse. This tree is very low maintenance and can add up to three feet per year when it€™s in the best conditions. In the dormant seasons, these trees are used to collect sap. This juice is later boiled down and made into a valuable commodity, maple syrup. This syrup is a staple food item for many homes in both North America and Canada.
Red maples are very healthy and they can endure high winds without losing many branches. They lose their leaves in the fall and grow more in the coming spring. Their leaves are red and so are their fruits, twigs and flowers. When it comes to autumn, one of the most anticipated aspects of this brief season is the changing of the leaves, as they are shed from their trees. Maple trees, of course, are among the most well known for this phenomenon and the Autumn Blaze Red Maple may be the most renowned of all of them. These trees produce leaves so red that they almost seem luminescent from a distance, adding a vivid hue to the traditional assemblage of yellows, oranges, and browns.
Rhode Island has adopted red maples as their state tree which isn’t surprising considering that they are abundant in that state.