Acer rubrum (Fr: érable rouge | En: Red Maple)
The red maple has fall foliage that is surpassed by none. However, it is not only in autumn that they shine, in spring their red flowers can add some much needed colour to otherwise grey and brown forests.
Red maple is quite adaptable and can tolerate conditions where sugar maple (Acer saccharum) would struggle, such as in areas prone to seasonal or periodic flooding and more acidic conditions.
Habitat: Swamps, flood plains, deciduous forests
Sun requirements: Full Sun, part shade
Moisture requirements: moderate to wet
Soil requirements: Usually acidic