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Old August 29th, 2010, 06:44 PM
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Shaggy bark maple

A few years ago there was a conversation on this site about a large shaggy bark maple in central Maine that no one seemed to be able to identify. I'm in southern Maine and have come across several large, old (at least 100 years old) 3-lobed maples that I can't identify. The leaves look a bit like mountain maple but since that's a shrubby plant, that doesn't work. Here are a couple of pictures. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Old August 29th, 2010, 10:06 PM
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Re: Shaggy bark maple

pharvie1950,

I am not yet good at identifying trees by bark and structure. If you can post an up close photo of a leaf, I might be able to help you out.

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Old August 30th, 2010, 02:31 AM
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Re: Shaggy bark maple

Old Red Maples will get bark like that. Hard to see the leaves well but I'm guessing that's what you have: A. rubrum. The Brunswick location would also support that.

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Old August 30th, 2010, 05:12 AM
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Re: Shaggy bark maple

Ditto to Red Maple Acer rubrum.

Silver Maple has similar bark, but the leaves are more deeply divided.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 09:28 AM
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Re: Shaggy bark maple

Here are some better phoptos of a leaf from that tree. It sure doesn't look like a red maple!
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Old August 30th, 2010, 09:47 AM
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Re: Shaggy bark maple

I stand corrected! I'm new to maples and most folks around here (at least that I talk to) call the red variety of Norway maple "red maple". Ah, the reason for sciientific nomenclature. Also, the "best" key I use has red maple leaves represented with a distinctly 5-lobed outline. Upon further looking, however, I see that that isn't always the case.

Thanks for all the replies.

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Re: Shaggy bark maple

Many red maple leaves are the shape shown above.
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