|Common Name(s)||Red Maple, Swamp Maple, Water Maple, Soft Maple, Scarlet Maple|
|Scientific Name||Ammophila breviligulata|
|Flowering Period||Mid March to Late April|
|Identifying Characteristics||Leaves, seeds, and twigs are all red|
- Deciduous and oppositely arranged
- 5-10 cm long
- Only red during fall
- Twigs are red
- Red flowers with 5 small petals
- Lives less than 100 years.
- The fruiting Period is from early May to June.
- Distributed across Eastern North America.
- Grows to a height of 30-75 feet.
- Treats sore eyes
- Makes sweeteners and syrups
- Used in treatments for
- Diarrhea, ears/eyes, gynecology, skin
- Used by Native Americans
- Cooking tools and bowls
- Stable gear
- Bark dried and sifted to make bread
- Fibers used for basketry
- Modern Day
- Medium quality firewood
- Provides soft maple for furniture
- Sap used in production of Maple Syrup
- Make colorful bonsais
- Toxic to horses
Moerman, Daniel M. Native American Ethnobotany. Portland: Timber Press Inc., 1998. Print.
Duke, James A. and Steven Foster. Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. Print.
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