Mystery plant 018

Many people will easily recognize the common name of this tree — found throughout the eastern half of North America.  Your challenge is to identify it to the species level.  When you know the name of this plant — both the full common name and the full scientific name — please post it in a comment below.  Also, everyone is welcome to share a personal story about this tree.

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Twig in late winter

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Twig tip

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Flowers

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Fruits (seeds)

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Seedling

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Leaves in summer

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Bark

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Medium-sized tree

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Branch pattern

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Leaves in fall

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Leaves in fall

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Red maple (Acer rubrum)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Red maple (Acer rubrum).

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2 Responses to Mystery plant 018

  1. Claire says:

    Ok….it’s got to be a red maple – looked up scientific name – Acer rubrum.

    • Angelyn says:

      Yes, Claire, this is a Red maple (Acer rubrum). A significant identifying characteristic are the red buds, red leaf stems and red tips of twigs throughout the year. And this tree can easily have autumn leaves of red, yellow or orange.

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