Red Maple Tree: The Basics
Acer rubrum is the botanical name of the red maple. This tree is sometimes referred to as a swamp, water, or soft maple. The red maple is recognized by the US Forest Service as the most prevalent native tree in eastern North America. While this shade tree can grow throughout the United States, it is native to the entire eastern United States from Maine to Florida and west to Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, and Minnesota.