Rhode Island State Tree – Red Maple – Acer rubrum
Leaf: Opposite, 3 to 5 palmate lobes with serrate margins, sinuses relatively
shallow (but variable), 2 to 4 inches long; light green above, whitened and
sometimes glaucous or hairy beneath.
Flower: Appear March to May, usually before leaves; usually bright red but
Fruit: Clusters of 1/2 to 3/4 inch long fruit with slighly divergent wings,
appear May to June, on long slender stems. Light brown and often reddish.
Twig: Reddish and lustrous with small lenticels, buds usually blunt, green
or reddish (fall and winter) with several scales usually present, leaf scars
V-shaped, 3 bundle scars, lateral buds slightly stalked, may be collateral buds
Bark: On young trees, smooth and light gray, with age becomes darker and breaks
up into long scaly plates.
Form: Medium-sized tree. In forest, trunk usually clear for some distance,
in the open the trunk is shorter and the crown rounded.
Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen,
Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson;Silvics reprinted from Ag
Handbook 654; range map source information