Answer: The Red Sunset's? leaves are shiny green above and pale green beneath, 3-5 lobed and 3-6" across. Species name of rubrum (meaning red) is everywhere in evidence: red flowers in dense clusters in late March to early April (before the leaves appear), red fruit (reddish two-winged samara), reddish stems and twigs, red buds, and, in the fall, orange-red foliage color. Quality of fall color on species plants can be quite variable from year to year. Red Sunset? is one of the best red maple cultivars available, with outstanding orange to red fall color.
As your tree matures it will produce larger, 5-lobed leaves, as well as some 3-lobed leaves.
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