Sunday, January 5, 2014

Red Maple - Acer rubrum

Acer rubrum
January 3rd

This is the third tree I have been visiting in the Maple family.  It is winter time, so lets look at the bark.

This Acer rubrum lives near my house at Priddy Woods.  This tree is also known as the Red Maple.  This tree has so many red features that the name is certainly appropriate.  I am finding each and every tree species has it own individuality.  There are features that are unique to each species in each season.  The red maple tree in the winter will have these red twigs that emerge from the smooth gray bark.  A trait of the maple family is the way these trees grow in community.  Where there is one, there are many.  Can you tell that by this first picture.  The two trunks grew from one of the many shoots that emerge from the earth.  You will notice when you find mature maples, they commonly have multiple trunks.

Acer rubrum, Red Maple, Priddy Woods

Acer rubrum, Red Maple, Priddy Woods

I encourage you to go into nature and enjoy the peace that surrounds you.

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