My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“I'm a firm believer in getting students out of the classroom and into experiences in nature. If students get out of their element, in a new place that stimulates their senses, that's where the best learning happens.”
Natural Sciences Assistant Professor Nick Baer

175th Celebration

In 2012 the college celebrated 175 years as an institution of teaching and learning. Visit the 175th website for more information and to view photos of the events.

Red Maple Acer rubrum
Maple Aceraceae family

Red Maple LeavesLeaves are opposite, toothed, lobed, with v-shaped notches in the lobes.Petioles are often red on top. Leaves turn red in the fall.

Flowers are red to red-yellow, and bloom April to early May. From a distance, the tree takes on a red hue.

Samaras hang in clusters at the end of twigs following the flowers.

Bark is gray with white patches when young, and gets shaggy-looking as it gets older with vertical, thick, flaky ridges.

Form/habitat: Red maple is a generalist, but tends to prefer wetter places.

Winter identification: Twigs are red and straight. Buds are roundish with 4-6 scales.

NWI Status: FAC

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