Sep. 13, 2018

Red red maple

Here's another reason for the red before maple.  These are a springtime leaves.  Not all red maples produce color in spring, and even these soon change to green.  Soft maples like this are still relatively hard and the wood is often used for less exacting carpentry of furniture making jobs.  For Indians, this was a sweetener source.  The wood was often carved for implements like spoons.  There were many medical uses, most often as a decoction for eye or throat problems.  In times of famine, the bark was among species powdered and made into bread.