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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 Sherm & Margie Doolen
Tree Map Location: # 38


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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