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Red Maple in Bloom :: early spring

posted Feb 22, 2011, 8:02 AM by Administrator Friends of Sauratown Mtns   [ updated Feb 22, 2011, 8:21 AM ]
The red maples (Acer rubrum) around the Piedmont and in Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain State Parks are coming into full bloom, and it is worth taking the time for a closer look.  The photo to the right is of the blooms of a pistillate tree (sometimes called female)—the staminate, or male, tree has long stamens.

Photo credit:
Katherine Schlosser