If Trees Could Sing

Jerry Douglas & the Red Maple

Jerry Douglas talks about the red maple and the benefits that trees provide us.


Red Maple Seed Pods

The seed pods spin like helicopter blades and carry far in wind.

Red Maple Leaves in Summer

These three-lobed leaves are dark green on top, light green below.

Red maples are aptly named, showing a bit of red year round, with red leaf buds in winter, red flowers in spring and bright red leaves in the fall.

Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas is widely hailed as the world’s leading player of the dobro (or resonator guitar). An in-demand session musician who has played on more than 2,000 albums, Douglas has largely defined the dobro’s sound in modern music through his work with artists ranging from Emmylou Harris to Elvis Costello and as a member of Alison Krauss’s band, Union Station. Jerry is also known for his own recordings and as a record producer. His work in the band the Earls of Leicester won a 2015 Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album. Jerry and the Earls of Leicester's new album, Rattle and Roar, will be released July 15, 2016. See other music artists talking about trees...

Red Maple Facts

  • Scientific name: Acer rubrum
  • Other names: scarlet maple, swamp maple
  • Range: across most of the Eastern U.S.
  • Height: up to 65 feet tall
  • Fruit: winged seed pods, or samaras, whose whirling enables them to travel farther in the wind
  • Fall colors: leaves turn yellow and deep red

You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Red Maple

Mighty Cool Tree Fact

Did you know... tree roots soak up stormwater, slowing flooding and filtering out water-borne pollutants? Trees filter about 2/3 of U.S. water needs.

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