Native SpeciesRed maple

Acer rubrum
FOUND by RedMapleE
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by KC &BR
Peer reviewed by SS
Field Notes
We were happy that we found the Red Maple when we went outside as a group.When we went outside we saw snow and rain coming from the sky and trees all over.We were surprised that we only saw Red Maples in the juvenal stage. It was winter so there was no leaves on the trees so we could not find the Red Maple as fast.
Supporting Evidence
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We think we found the red maple because we saw that on the species ID card it has the buds on opposite sides. When we went out we saw a tree with buds on both sides like the species ID card and then we saw another tree with buds on it but the pattern wasn't like the ID card so we knew that we found the red maple.
Photo of my evidence.
We also thought that it was a red maple because on the species ID card it said that the leaves were 6-11 cm long and as you can see in the picture we measured the leave and it was 8 cm long.
Photo of my evidence.
We don't know if this is the red maple leaf because on the species ID card it showed a picture of the real red maple leave and it hat 3 lobes that are toothed. We think if this is a red maple tree leaf then the leaf ether got ripped or it wasn't fully grown when it fell off.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Acer rubrum
Common name:
Red maple
Sampling method: 
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Place Studied
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N 44.022435 °
W -70.964984 °
Observation Site Information
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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


Based on the shape of the terminal bud, I would suggest that this is mountain maple (with the other possibility being striped maple). The terminal bud is too pointy to be red maple. I would agree that the leaf probably came from a different tree or shrub. You did a great job of keying into the opposite bud arrangement.

You're correct about the leaf probably being damaged. It does look serrate, though, and I think has vestigial lobes. Also the buds on your twig are opposite, which is a must.

great job guys!

good job guys you did awesome


Great job guys.

Thanks for the information RedMapleA!

This is just friendly peer suggesting I think you could add a bit more detail to your entry. Try this, 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.

On a scale of 1-10 you get a 9