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Welcome to the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN). Our goal is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America. NPIN is designed to inform a broad audience ranging from members of the general public such as homeowners, wildflower enthusiasts, and gardeners to practicing professionals such as botanists, land managers, and government personnel.

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About the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN)

Now, more than ever, there is a need to bridge the gap between people and the natural world, a need to foster understanding and appreciation of the plant world, and a need to provide local, regional, and national audiences with scientifically accurate resources about their native plant heritage. Since its inception in 1982, the Wildflower Center has fulfilled those needs beginning with a mail-order Clearinghouse and continuing with its modern-day equivalent, the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) - the Wildflower Center's national web portal for native plant information and resources.

Become a Contributor

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is committed to developing the premier resource for native plant information in North America through continued growth of the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN). You can help us achieve our mission by contributing high-quality images and data to the Native Plant Information Network. Please contact Joe Marcus, Collections Manager, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to discuss how you can help this project grow.

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Native plant: Acer rubrum (Red maple, Scarlet maple) Large tree with narrow or rounded, compact crown and red flowers, fruit, leafstalks, and autumn foliage. This popular ornamental tree grows 40-60 ft. in cultivation, occasionally reaching 100-120 ft. in the wild. Leaves vary from 3- to 5-lobed, with lobes separated by V-shaped angles. Male trees have notable pinkish red flowers in early spring, and females display decorative red samaras soon after. Young, vigorous trees have smooth, silvery gray bark which provides winter interest. Roots in a dense, fibrous network, often preventing other plants from growing near its trunk. Fall foliage is quite variable, ranging from the brilliant red for which the species is known, to yellow or greenish-yellow.

Three varieties are commonly recognized: Variety rubrum has 5-lobed leaves that are smooth or hairy only along the midvein on the underside. Variety drummondii, known as Drummond Maple, Drummond Red Maple, or Swamp Maple, has 3- to 5-lobed leaves that are hairy over their entire lower surface. It tends to prefer moist, swampy sites. Variety trilobum, Trident Maple or Trident Red Maple, has similarly hairy but always 3-lobed leaves, the lower 2 lobes of which are somewhat compressed. Its leaves are more likely to turn yellow in the fall than those of the other varieties. It prefers drier sites than variety drummondii.
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Mr. Smarty Plants: What is an Exotic Species?
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Supplier: Adkins Arboretum (Ridgely, MD) Dedicated to promoting the conservation and appreciation of plants native to the Delmarva peninsula. Large selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials.
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Organization: Wildlife Habitat Council (Silver Springs, MD)
WHEC is a non-profit, non-lobbying group of individuals, conservation organizations, and corporations dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of wildlife habitat.
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Book: "Attracting Birds: From the Prairies to the Atlantic" (New York, Crowell) Out of Print--Limited Availability
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