Native SpeciesRed maple

Acer rubrum
FOUND by RedMapleA
ID Questioned
Quality checked by Ms. Soloff
Peer reviewed by WhitePineA
Field Notes
It was November 29th, 2016. We were happy that we didn't have to sit in the classroom all day. We were heading outside to search for a certain plant as a class project. We were separated into groups of two, each group was assigned a different type of plant to look for. Our group was assigned the red maple. It was cold and wet, the air was filled with the scent of dirt and trees, the grass was covered with a deep frost, just breathing through your nose stung like a swarm of hornets. Since it was Fall all the leaves were falling off the trees which made it harder to identify the red maple. After a great amount of time and effort searching we finally found the red maple. Finding the red maple was a great achievement for us because at first we didn't have a great amount of confidents in ourselves, but in the end we still found what we were looking for.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
We are convinced that we found the red maple because that the leaf arrangement is opposite. (meaning the leaves are equal to each other.) Also that the leaf type is simple with little teeth on the sides and it's leaf shape is palmate.
Photo of my evidence.
The area that we found the red maple is located in a eastern developed area by a power line road. The red maple was surrounded by larger trees at the edge of the power line road.
Photo of my evidence.
The main reason why we're confident we found it is because that a young red maple tree has smooth pale gray bark and it's twigs are a reddish grey color.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Acer rubrum
Common name:
Red maple
Sampling method: 
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.022353 °
W -70.965019 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
MOMS School Yard (Powerline Rd)
Trip date: 
Tue, 2016-11-29 08:26
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Lower Androscoggin


It looks like your little tree's main trunk was damaged so it sprouted the new reddish branches. I'd feel better about a positive I'd if I could see some leaves or see that branching is opposite as opposed to alternate.

Well you did a great job even with limited time.

You made some great observations! I love your sketch of the tree. It's so helpful to sketch your observations as well as take pictures.

Thank you we tried our best to make it look somewhat like the real thing.

We tried our best to get the right amount of pictures before we headed inside but we ran out of time.