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Red Maples Showing Off

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The sugar maple season maybe over but its little cousin, the red maple(Acer rubrum) is putting on a big show in the hills of Western New York. The fact of the matter is, the red maple is known as the ‘soft’ maple, not as dense as a sugar maple or silver maple. They don’t have much timber value, they don’t produce maple syrup*, but they are a ;commonly planted shade tree with a great autumn showing.

*A generous reader sent a correction that red maples can be used to make syrup. While not as productive as sugar maples, many people do tap red maple

Red maples are flowering now and the hillsides can be just as beautiful as an autumn day. Enjoy for the next few days because its a quick presentation, just before the dogwoods blossom. Here are a few close up shots of the red maple flower.

And Hey— Speaking of trees: Where are you buying your spring landscaping and home improvement supplies? Choose Fassett Lane Lumber for the service and to keep your dollars in Wellsville!!!!

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