While many trees may look similar to each other in the summer, certain distinctions can be seen in other seasons. In early spring, look for the trees with red tops – they are red maples, with small, hanging clusters of bright red flowers that appear in spring before the leaves, while most other trees are still bare. Their early bloom makes them an important source of pollen.
Maple blossoms inject color into a still budding spring landscape. (Courtesy of Maryland DNR)