Acer rubrum
Photo credit: Red Maple
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Acer rubrum
Common name: red maple
Group: dicot
Family: Aceraceae
Growth type: tree
Duration: perennial, deciduous
Origin: native
Plant height: 35 - 68’ at maturity
Foliage: leaves are alternate
Flower: yellow to red flowers
Flowering time: March, first tree to bloom
Habitat: hardwood swamp, but can adapt to well-drained soils as well
Range in New Jersey: statewide - only native maple commonly encountered in southern NJ
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. One of the most common swamp hardwoods and the only species of maple commonly encountered in South Jersey. Distinguished from other maples by its small-lobed leaves, the lobes angled. The first tree to bloom, the tiny yellow to red flowers appear in March.

Is used as a lumber product. Seeds are eaten by squirrels and birds. However it is not preferred by deer so in heavily populated deer areas the species may outcompete other species.
Credit: USDA United States Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service data base