Red Maple (Acer rubrum Red Sunset®)

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Red Sunset®
Cultivar name: 'Franksred'
Common names:
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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 40-50 feet
Plant Spread: 30-40 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Other: 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 in commerce, with outstanding orange to red fall color (quality more reliab
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Other: Late March to early April
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Water gardens
Pollinators: Wind

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Location: A closer view of two of my neighbor's three Red Sunset trees.Date: 2010-10-14
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Location: My next door neighbor's tree, taken from my backyard in Northern KY.Date: 2005-11-06Taken with the morning sun shining on it.
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Location: Northern KYDate: 2010-10-14My next door neighbor's tree, taken from my yard.
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Location: Iowa
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania, USADate: 2018-11-02
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Location: Gibraltar, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-11-06lone specimen in autumn color
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Location: My garden, Cedarhome, WADate: 2019-03-29
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Location: western OregonDate: fall 2011
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Location: My neighbor's three Red Sunset trees in Northern KY.Date: 2010-10-14
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Location: Two of my next door neighbor's trees, taken from my backyard in Northern KY.Date: 2008-12-23
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Location: My garden, Cedarhome, WADate: 2018-10-07Frank's Red Maple first turns orange, then brilliant red
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Location: Northern KYDate: 2010-10-14Two of my next door neighbor's three Red Sunset trees.  Very beau
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Location: Northern KYDate: 2007-11-14My next door neighbor's tree.
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Location: My next door neighbor's tree in Northern KYDate: 2015-04-01
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Location: My next door neighbor's tree, taken from my backyard in Northern KY.Date: 2007-11-13
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Location: Reading, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-11-06leaves in fall color
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Date: 2009-04-27Photo courtesy of: Captain-tucker
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Date: 2009-04-28Photo courtesy of: Captain-tucker
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-08-26line of street trees
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-08-26maturing tree in lawn
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Posted by virginiarose (Virginia) on Oct 4, 2011 7:33 AM

This is a beautiful tree!!

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 2, 2018 6:45 PM

This has been the most commonly planted Red Maple cultivar for decades. It was introduced into the trade in 1966 by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Nursery in Boring, Oregon. I called them a few years ago and they said that this cultivar was selected from seedlings that came from either New York or Pennsylvania or New Jersey. The fall color is usually a pure red, but it can have some orange in it. Its northern range of cold hardiness should be Zone 4a and it may not color as well farther south of Zone 7b. (I get concerned about such popular cultivars as this that if some new problem shows up, then millions of trees with identical and limited genetic heredity, usually clones, are more susceptible to damage. I would recommend having more kinds of cultivars and locally selected ones. I also highly recommend the nursery and landscape design industries to use the straight or mother species, especially local genotypes, so that there will be more protection by genetic diversity against all the new pests and diseases that keep getting into North America. Native plant nurseries do this.)

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