red maple


Definition of red maple

: a common tree (Acer rubrum) of eastern and central North America that grows chiefly in moist soils, has reddish twigs and flowers, and yields a lighter and softer wood than the sugar maple

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The mosquitoes are found primarily in swampy areas — specifically, red maple or white cedar swamps and wetlands. NBC News, "Signs of a deadly mosquito virus found in several states," 29 Aug. 2019 In a 2012 study by the Arboretum and the U.S. Forest Service, three of the top 10 tree species planted along Chicago streets were Norway, silver and red maple. Beth Botts,, "Lady Macbeth wouldn’t be happy, but maple leaf tar spot is basically harmless," 8 Aug. 2019 The scent was made to resemble something that does not exist at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world: trees, all native to New York State, including beeches, mountain ashes and red maples. James Barron, New York Times, "That Smell at the Top of One World Trade? It’s on Purpose," 7 Aug. 2019 The permit called for the destruction of 16.6 acres of wetlands, including more than 13 acres of a rare type of swamp that is heavily populated by white pine and red maple. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Judge invalidates DNR permit for controversial Wisconsin sand processing plant," 4 May 2018 Myesha Jones tied a pink ribbon around the skinny trunk of Jim Grill’s new red maple tree, a native species the 67-year-old planned to plant to entice bees and other pollinators into his Catonsville yard. Colin Campbell,, "Herring Run Nursery hosts Earth Day tree giveaway to help 'keep Baltimore green'," 22 Apr. 2018 Wake Forest sports – TPing the quad After big wins by Wake Forest sports team (so, like every three or four years), students raid the dorm bathrooms and roll the October Glory red maple trees lining the main quad. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The 9 weirdest fan traditions in sports, from fish throwing to celery," 16 Apr. 2018 Colored flags were placed by each hole corresponding to the variety of deciduous tree to be planted in them, black oaks or red maples, for instance. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Hundreds of trees planted along Ma & Pa Trail in Fallston for Harford County's Arbor Day," 30 Mar. 2018 The land is mostly wet woods, with many mature trees, including shagbark hickory, American beech, American elm, black gum, red maple, pin oak and chestnut oak. Grant Segall,, "Cleveland Metroparks gain more land and visitors (photos)," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of red maple

1770, in the meaning defined above

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