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Red Maple (Acer rubrum) vs. Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

Updated October 23rd, 2019

Red maple has a highly variable leaf shape, and some can look similar to sugar maple, but they are easily distinguished by serrations and the color of the leaf underside. In winter, buds are easily distinguished. Samaras are also distinctive.

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