Coefficient of Conservatism:
Coefficient of Wetness:
ex W. H. Wagner slide collection
In almost all sorts of forests and savannas, commonly in moist forests and swamps (deciduous and coniferous) throughout the state; northward, most often in upland forests and dry sandy forests of plains, dunes, and hills (often with aspens, oaks, and/or pines). Sprouts readily after fire or cutting, and clumps of smooth gray young trunks (from old stumps) are often common in the dry cut- and burned-over forests of northern Michigan.
This is a well-named tree, for the flowers, young fruit, and autumn foliage are a brilliant red. This and silver maple are among the first plants to bloom in the spring. Red maple is also often planted as a shade tree.