Plant of the Week: Red Maple

Accer rubrum, more commonly known as Red Maples, are members of the maple family distinguished by their brilliant fall foliage in various shades of red and orange. These maples are native to North America and are highly tolerant of many growing conditions.

Heights vary between 30 to 90 feet tall depending on variety, but most Red Maples average 30 to 50 feet tall. These trees are a fantastic choice for providing shade especially during summer.

Full sun (at least 6 hours).

Moist, well-draining soil is preferred, but Red Maples are tolerant of most soil conditions once established.

Prune in late winter/early spring.

Fertilize in spring once new growth begins to emerge with an all purpose tree fertilizer like Fertilome Tree and Shrub Fertilizer.

Some of our favorite varieties:

Crimson Sunset

Crimson Sunset – This cultivar wows with burgundy leaves spring and summer before transitioning to dark red in fall. Averages 30-35 feet tall.

Sun Valley

Sun Valley – Bright green leaves give way to an even brighter red in the fall. 30-35 feet tall.

October Glory

October Glory – Bright orange fall foliage and a more rounded shape set October Glory apart, as well as it’s taller height. Averages 40-50 feet tall.