Leaves are opposite simple.
The red maple grows well on a wide range of soil types. It is fast growing and grows to a to 70 feet tall.
The leaves are arranged opposite on the twigs. The are broadly ovate with 3 shallow short-pointed lobes turning red, orange, and yellow in the autumn. The lobes sinuses are sharp, with toothed margins.
The fruit is a v-shaped samara (winged seed). The twigs are shiny red with numerous small lenticels.
Trunk Diameter: 12 to 24 in.
Longevity: maturity reached at 70 to 80 yrs. (may attain an age of 150 yrs.)
Range: eastern U.S.
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