Four Red Maples: April - December 2023

April 15, 2024

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Photographer: Stu Witmer
Summary Author: Stu Witmer

Doesn’t it seem like there is always something new to see when you walk around your neighborhood? Growing things change daily throughout the seasons. Often these changes happen so slowly you may not notice. Other times the changes can be quick.

These marvelous trees are red maples, a member of the Sapindaceae family. The photos were taken mid-mornings from April through December of 2023 (left to right, top to bottom).

With red twigs, red flowers, red fruit and red leaves in autumn, the red maple (Acer rubrum) is aptly named. Native to North America, red maples range from Newfoundland in Canada south to Florida and west to Minnesota and Texas.

Growing at a rate of about 15 inches per year to around 70 feet tall, red maples are among the fastest-growing trees in the Eastern United States. Their average lifespan is 80 to 100 years.

Red maples are adaptable to a wide variety of situations and soil types, and are frequently found lining residential streets, in private yards, or in rural settings. They provide abundant shade, brilliant fall color and plenty of opportunities for raking. Their autumn leaves are generally red but can also be yellow or orange, sometimes on the same tree.

On my neighborhood walks, I always look forward to seeing what the Four Red Maples are up to.

Seattle, Washington Coordinates: 47.68775,-122.35274

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