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Acer rubrum (Red Maple)

Description

Red maple is a medium sized tree that is native to eastern United States. It is usually found in moderately moist locations, such as near drainege ditches, at the bottom of ridges, and by streams. Its bark is smooth, light gray turning rugged dark gray with age. Red maple has male and female flowers. They can both grow on the same tree. Its leaves are palmately lobed with usually 3 or 5 lobes. The underleaf is light green. Red maple fruits are paired, winged samaras. When they are mature they twirl to the ground. This gives them the nickname "helicopter". The seed is located in the bulged spot of each samara.
Edible Parts: Maple syrup, and the samara. The samara is a little bitter, but you can try boiling them to remove bitterness.

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Red maple is a medium sized tree that is native to eastern United States. It is usually found in moderately moist locations, such as near drainege ditches, at the bottom of ridges, and by streams.
leaf:
Its leaves are palmately lobed with usually 3 or 5 lobes. The underleaf is light green.
fruit:
Red maple fruits are paired, winged samaras. When they are mature they twirl to the ground. This gives them the nickname "helicopter". The seed is located in the heavy bulged spot of each samara.
flower:
Red maple has male and female flowers. They can both grow on the same tree.
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branch:
Its bark is smooth light gray turning rugged dark gray with age.
edible parts:
Maple syrup, and the samara. The samara is a little bitter, but you can try boiling them to remove bitterness.