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no­tice that your horse has con­sumed downed leaves from any maple tree (leaves from other maple species, in­clud­ing the sugar maple and sil­ver maple, may also con­tain tox­ins), his sur­vival de­pends on the fastest pos­si­ble ve­teri­nary care. Here’s what to do:

Red maple trees are wide­spread through­out the eastern United States. The leaves are three- to five-lobed and green, with bright red stems and sil­ver-white un­der­sides. In spring, the tree pro­duces bright red buds, and in fall the leaves are typ­i­cally fiery scar­let, although dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties may pro­duce bright yel­low or orange fo­liage. Other maple species, es­pe­cially sugar maple (Acer sac­cha­rum) and sil­ver maple (Acer sac­cha­r­inum), may also pose a threat.

Cul­ti­vars and hy­brids of all these species may be toxic. Trees whose leaves re­main red through­out the sum­mer, such as the Ja­pa­nese red maple (Acer pal­ma­tum) and the “Crim­son King” cul­ti­var of the Nor­way maple (Acer pla­tanoides), are not be­lieved to be toxic.

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