Red maple is well named. Every season shows red with red buds in winter, red flowers in spring, red leaf stems in summer and red leaves in fall color. The red maple occupies one of the largest eastern north-south ranges in North America - from Canada to the tip of Florida.
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red maple range in North America.
There are more red maple cultivars sold for autumn and fall color than any other tree species. Foliage often develops yellows and reds in the fall and can be on the same tree. Natural red maple in the wild will occur on trees with both pure yellow and pure red leaves.
Red maple, along with sugar maple, scarlet oak and sassafras are abundant in anthocyanins that produce deep wine and red colors.