- Adds color to your landscape year-round with red stems in winter
- Brilliant Deep Red or Yellow Fall Colors
- Fast Growing Tree
- Deer Resistant: Seldom Severely Damaged
- Grows 40' to 60' high with 40' spread
- Zones 3 to 9
- Can't Ship to: AK, AZ, HI
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Zones 3 - 9
The Red Maple can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Red Maple falls into the following type(s): Shade Trees
40' - 60' High
The Red Maple grows to be 40' - 60' feet in height.
The Red Maple has a spread of about 40' at full maturity.
Medium to Fast Growth
This tree grows at a medium to fast growth rate. [More about this.]
This maple does well in full sun, partial shade.
The Red Maple grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wet, clay soils.
This maple has oval, rounded, upright or erect shape.
The Red Maple is one of the best named of all trees. There is something red in all seasons - buds in winter, flowers in spring, leafstalks in summer and brilliant foliage in autumn. This pageant of color, along with the tree's relatively fast growth and tolerance to a wide range of soils, makes it a widely planted favorite.
The fruits (samaras) provide food for many kinds of rodents, such as squirrels. Rabbits and deer eat the tender shoots and leaves of red maples.
The Red Maple has a lot of claims to fame, including the greatest north-south range of any tree species living entirely in the eastern forests. (Newfoundland to southern Florida). It is also the state tree of Rhode Island. No one seems to know the whole story of why it was selected by the citizens of this smallest of states. In the 1890's a Rhode Island school commissioner gave students a list of trees and asked them to vote on their favorite. Red Maple won, but it was not until 1964 that it was officially adopted as the state tree - making Rhode Island one of last states in the nation to proclaim its tree. The selection may have been because Rhode Island is from the Dutch, meaning "red island." Since the state bird is the Rhode Island red hen, it makes sense that the tree would be one noted for red. The nation's largest Red Maple lies far to the south of Rhode Island in Great Smokey Mountains National Park. This tree was declared champion in 1997 by American Forests and is listed in the National Register of Big Trees as being 141 feet tall and just over 7 feet in diameter at 4-1/2 feet above ground.
Prefers wet soil conditions. Slight drought tolerance.
Opposite, 2-6 inches in length and width, 3-5 triangular lobes with v-shaped sinuses, single or double toothed margins. Emerging color is red tinged gradually changing to medium to dark green above, silvery gray with hairy veins beneath. Autumn color is yellow to red. The petiole (leafstem) is often red.
The dense red or sometimes yellow clusters of small flowers are a dependable harbinger of spring.
Winter to spring..
This tree produces twin seeds bound at their tips to a long, drooping stem. Attached to the seeds are wings up to 1 inch long and 1/4 inch wide. The seeds ripen in late spring instead of fall like other maple trees.
Part of this tree is red in every season, making the Red Maple one of nature's best named trees that will provide you with year-round landscape beauty. Expect showy red blooms in spring and red-tinged new leaves that become rich green with red leaf stems through summer. The autumn foliage becomes brilliant ruby red, orange, or yellow in autumn with red leaf stems. And in winter, reddish twigs and buds accent your landscape. This pageant of color, along with its fast growth and tolerance to a wide range of soils, makes it a widely popular tree. You can expect your Red Maples to reach a height of 40'-60' with a 40' spread. (Zones 3-9)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.