Scientific NameAcer rubrum var. trilobum
Other Common Names:
Carolina red maple
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Acer rubrum var. tridens
Has a pyramidal shape at a young age and escalating branches with an irregular spherical crown. The red maple grows between 40-70 feet tall. Seedlings of this ornamental tree can be particularly troublesome in the home lawn.
Leaves are bright yellow to orange to red in the fall. Leaf blades have medium green upper sides and light green to silvery undersides in the summer. Blades are about 3in long and 3in wide and are often triangular shape.
Ability to grow successfully on sites with very different moisture availability is due in part to the early development of roots specifically adapted to the conditions at a particular site.
Flower Seed Head
Noticeable long before the foliage emerges. They have small fragrant red flowers in dense clusters in late winter to early spring.
Seed is a paired, red, pink, or yellow, winged samara, about long. Fruits are winged with a single seed at the base.
Grows in low, rich woods, along the margins of lakes, marshes, and swamps, also in wet thickets, floodplains and stream terraces.
woody bush or tree
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval