University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

The red maple is a low branching, deciduous tree with an open growth habit and oval canopy. Leaves are opposite with three to five lobes. They are unequally serrate, and three to six inches across. Petioles are pink-red and leaves turn red in fall. Red flowers appear on drooping racemes in the spring. The one to three inch fruits are double samaras, which occur in clusters on slender stalks, and ripen soon after the flowers fade. The wings are thin and about 3/4 inch in length.