Hi - I feel this article is well-written and passes all GA criteria. congrats.
It is a nice platform for FAC at some stage but would require some more information (if known/researched/available) on:
- ecology -any birds or insects make use of it?
- Uses - expand information on use in lumber and maple syrup in terms of quantity/tunrover etc.
- A Taxonomy section, who named it when and how?
- The prose is good but there are a some sentences which could be rewritten (eg "species of tree" instead of "tree species" in first sentence and make 2nd sentence sound less repetitive)
- Hopefully there'd be some more diverse references to assist in embellishing these.
Good luck. cheers, Cas Liber | talk | contribs 04:32, 14 May 2007 (UTC)
PS: I forgot to add the cultivar section would need a review before FAC - which are common, which are new, which are popular and why, and maybe a complete list on another page if this one sails over 35kb with a non-listy summary here. I am sure many plant articles will have this problem - I've been developing Banksia spinulosa :) cheers, Cas Liber | talk | contribs 20:57, 14 May 2007 (UTC)
What is lacking is a discussion of the fire ecology of red maple. I added that it was fire intolerant and took out the apparent irony of the absence of the tree from the prairie peninsula. While the "widespread" nature of the tree is covered well, the invasive aspect (into ecosystems where it was not in presettlement times to to fire suppression) isn't mentioned at all. A good article on this is at http://www.nytimes.com/1999/04/27/science/eastern-forests-change-color-as-red-maples-proliferate.html but I don't yet know how to add references to my edits MApandr (talk) 16:25, 16 October 2009 (UTC)