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.
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).