A subtle spring beauty

Flowers on a maple tree, probably a red maple (Acer rubrum).

Flowers on a red maple (Acer rubrum).

I don’t normally think of maple trees as having showy flowers, but as I looked out my back window, I was stuck by the colorfully blooming red maple tree outside.  The tree will start leafing out soon, but in the meantime, I was able to get a good view of the flowers, with the little winged vwhirligig seeds (samaras) already starting to form – bright green against the red flower stalk (pedicel).

A fun fact – according to the U.S. forest service, red maples are polygamo-dioecious, meaning that trees can be entirely male, entirely female, or have both male and female flowers.  What variety!

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