This is the RED MAPLE. The red maple is named for its red flowers, red fruit, red twigs, and striking red fall foliage. These hardy, fast-growing trees can reach heights of 60 to 90 feet on average with some growing as high as 120 feet. The bark of the red maple is pale grey in color and smooth to the touch. When the tree is fully grown, its bark changes texture and appearance to form what look like “cracked plates.” The red maple flowers grow in groups from the stems and eventually produce a winged fruit called a samara. The leaves of the red maple have palmate lobes with serrated margins. Although their leaves are green most of the year, they are known to turn a brilliant fiery reddish orange in the fall. The red maple tolerates various amounts of moisture and soil conditions making it one of the hardiest tree species grown naturally in the US. Having a flexible temperature tolerance, the range of the red maple extends from New England and the Great Lakes south to Florida.
Not only does the red maple provide an aesthetic addition to landscaping, but the wood is also often used to make high quality furniture such as desks and chairs.
A red maple can live up to 100 years and is the state tree of Rhode Island.
Congratulations, you have completed the Greenfield Park Tree Walk! Thank you for taking time to enjoy the park, and we hope you enjoyed the tour. Have a great rest of your day at Greenfield Park!