Answer: What you describe is perfectly normal for your maple trees. Their leaves are dark red-purple in spring and fall, fading to bronze-green with the heat of summer. For better color retention. try growing Acer rubrum `Red Sunset' which has excellent red to orange fall color and a notable pyramidal to rounded shape. `October Glory' is a well-shaped tree which tends to retain its leaves until later in the fall.
`Autumn Flame' has an early display of red fall color and develops a rounded shape as a mature tree. 'Bloodgood' and 'Emperor I' are also good choices for your Georgia garden. Enjoy!
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