While many trees may look similar during the summer, in other seasons, there are definite differences. In early spring, look for trees with red tops. These are red maples with small, hanging clusters of bright red flowers. They bloom in the spring before most other trees have leaves. Their early bloom makes them an important source of pollen for bees and other pollinators. In the fall, their leaves turn a brilliant red color, again helping them stand out.
Maple blossoms inject color into a still budding spring landscape (Courtesy of Maryland DNR).
Red maple tree in the fall (Abigail Matta/Courtesy of Maryland DNR).