Back on April 2nd, on ‘B’ day, we featured red maple blossoms. After thinking it over, we squirrels decided we have given this species the short end of the branch, only because it doesn’t produce acorns. So let’s have another look at maple trees, specifically, the red maple!
As we noted on ‘B’ day, red maples bloom early, often being the first, but certainly the most prolific, early bloomer in the eastern mid-atlantic area. So, nice start to spring with that red blush over the trees. (And food for the bees!) Then theses trees become red all over again when their seeds–the samaras–set on.
We’ve generously written about those, too, here. Clearly, these trees are well named!
Then the red maples go all green for the summer.
Nice, dense shade from these spreading giants. And in the fall…
Look out! It’s a red spectacular!
Winter isn’t boring either.
Nice suburban tree! Too bad it doesn’t grow acorns.