The favorite red maple of John in Summer 2015

Name(s)

> John

Tree species 

> Red maple

Location

 > My front yard

Narrative

Over the course of this past week, I have studied a lot about my favorite tree, which is located in my front yard. It turned out to be a red maple tree, or scientifically the Acer rubrum. This tree is pretty cool because there will always be a part of the tree that are red all year long. The red part may be a portion of the leaf or part of the stem. This specific Red Maple tree is about 46 feet tall, and its diameter is 30 inches. Its leaves are about half the size of my hands, and are simple and grow along the branch. This tree isn't a small tree, but it's not the biggest one you'll ever see either. But, I've noticed that this red maple tree has grown since I first moved into my house seven years ago. It used to be about 3/4 of the size that it is now. I often wonder if how big it will get! I've always liked this tree mainly for the color of its leaves in the fall; as you could have guessed, they are a bright red. Every year its leaves look an even better and neater red than the previous fall. So that means I can't wait to see how they look this fall! I have also always liked how the tree's branches don't just go every which way; I like how they seem organized. So this means that whenever you look at the tree from a distance, it looks like the tree forms a big semicircle until the branches get to the ground. Which in my opinion, it's just the perfect size for climbing when you want to have fun, and the perfect tree for making things peaceful. This red maple might be a pretty view, but it also provides many ecosystem services. It turns out that this tree's property value is $12, and in energy, my red maple tree conserves five therms of oil and natural gas for heating. These numbers are mainly calculated based on the size of the tree. During the summer however, one of the most appreciated benefits is how much shade this Red Maple tree provides. It will provide a good 20-30 square feet in shade. In our yard, we have other plants growing under the tree that need the shade to survive. I think that these are some important services provided by my tree because these are some interesting numbers that you should know, and also a few facts that are fun to learn. And maybe, if you don't already, you will get a red maple tree to plant in your yard too! If not, you can come and enjoy mine!

Rainwater interception (gallons)

= 7606

Energy conservation (kWh)

= 138

CO2 reduction (pounds)

= 291

Overall annual benefits ($)

= 79

 

Photography

  1. The favorite red maple of John in Summer 2015