Red Maple (Acer rubrum) -- perhaps the most common native maple in Plainville -- grows in a variety of habitats, most notably in swamps. Like all maples, it has leaves arranged in pairs along its twigs.
The leaves of Red Maple average smaller than most other maples, and typically feature only three lobes. The undersides are pale green to white.
Red Maples flower early in the year, before most other trees show any signs of new growth. In the fall, swamps light up with the red foliage of this tree.
Next, we'll look at the introduced Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus).