Red Maple
Common name: Red maple

Scientific name: Acer rubrum L.

Life Cycle: Perennial tree
Origin: North America
Poisonous: Yes
Red maple is a highly valued tree in managed landscapes in the eastern United States and Canada. These native trees produce brilliant red leaves in the fall, which is a major reason small and large horse farm owners desire them. Many people plant the trees without realizing their potential toxicity to horses. Red maple leaves are palmate (hand-shaped) with three to five lobes and might be 2 to 6 inches in length; leaves are usually about as wide as they are long. The sides of the central lobe are parallel with each other, and the leaf edges are serrated.
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