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Red Maple Leaf Identification

Author : Derek Farley

The Red Maple tree is one of the most commonly found trees in North America. It is known for its ability to grow under nearly any conditions, as well as its beautiful leaf colors. These trees are often used in landscaping designs in street landscaping, parks, homes, and community centers. For many, this is an easy tree to identify.

This article will help you to identify this beautiful tree by looking at the characteristics of the leaf, unique in their shape and color schemes. One way to identify the Red Maple is to look at its color. Depending on the season, the leaves of the Red Maple will often change, ranging from green, red, orange, or yellow. In the spring and summer, the leaves are greener, and the underbelly of the leaf is usually white with small hairs. As the fall season approaches, the tree begins to turn colors.

Often, the trees will have leaves that are red, yellow, brown, or orange. This makes for a truly beautiful display of color in the trees during this season. During the fall, the Red Maple's thick and abundant leaves are a great source of shade during hot days. For this reason, this type of tree has become the top choice for many landscapers around the eastern United States and Canada. Another way to distinguish a Red Maple from the other trees is to examine leaf shape. These trees have the pronged leaves that are typical of maple trees in general.

The leaves can have either three prongs or five, although it is more common to find a leaf with three prongs. There are distinct valleys between each prong, and the size of the prongs can vary from leaf to leaf. The leaves themselves are typically two to six inches wide, with some variation. By examining these distinct features of the leaf, you will be able to identify this tree without a problem. The Red Maple is commonly found in southeastern Canada and the eastern United States, with a wide range of climates in between. It can even be found in areas of Florida.

Its identification is easy for those who know the characteristics of this tree. Looking at the shape, size, and color of the beautiful leaves of this tree will help you to distinguish these extraordinary trees from their family members in the Maple group with ease, and will surely allow you to impress your friends and family with your superior knowledge on the subject.

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