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Red Maple

    Aceraceae -- Maple family

    Russell S. Walters and Harry W. Yawney

    Red maple (Acer rubrum) is also known as scarlet maple,  swamp maple, soft maple, Carolina red maple, Drummond red maple,  and water maple (33). Many foresters consider the tree inferior  and undesirable because it is often poorly formed and defective,  especially on poor sites. On good sites, however, it may grow  fast with good form and quality for saw logs. Red maple is a  subclimax species that can occupy overstory space but is usually  replaced by other species. It is classed as shade tolerant and as  a prolific sprouter. It has great ecological amplitude from sea  level to about 900 m (3,000 ft) and grows over a wide range of  microhabitat sites. It ranks high as a shade tree for landscapes.


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Russell S. Walters

Source: Silvics of North America


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