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Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Red Sunset Maple
(Acer rubrum)

Donated by Charles and Doris Simpson
Tree Map Location: # 218
In Memory of Alvin and In Honor of Edna Twenhafel

Red Sunset Maple tree Red Sunset Maple leaves Red Sunset Maple bark Red Sunset Maple twig Red Sunset Maple fruit


Leaf: Opposite, simple, 3 to 5 palmate lobes with serrated margin, sinuses relatively shallow (but highly variable), 2 to 4 inches long; green above, whitened and sometimes glaucous or hairy beneath.  
Flower: Attractive but small, occur in hanging clusters, usually bright red but occasionally yellow, appear in early spring, usually before leaves.  
Fruit: Clusters of 1/2 to 3/4 inch long samaras with slightly divergent wings, on long slender stems. Light brown and often reddish, ripen in late spring and early summer.  
Twig: Reddish and lustrous with small lenticels, buds usually blunt, green or reddish (fall and winter) with several loose scales usually present, leaf scars V-shaped, 3 bundle scars, lateral buds slightly stalked, may be collateral buds present.  
Bark: On young trees, smooth and light gray, with age becomes darker and breaks up into long, fine scaly plates.  
Form: Medium sized tree up to 90 feet. In forest, trunk usually clear for some distance, in the open the trunk is shorter and the crown rounded.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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