Backyard Biology

Nature stories from my backyard and beyond


A Red Maple Education

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I have lived with red maples all of my life. As a child I played with the seeds, or samaras as they are called. I have climbed the trees, dropped the samaras from a height and watched as they helicopter to the ground. I have paddled under the red maples that hang over the river bank. I have watched the leaves turn color in the fall and collected the pigments responsible for this color change. In short, I thought I knew the red maple pretty well...