Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
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: 40-70 feet
Plant Spread: 30-50 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Other: Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Very cold hardy. 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
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Red, sometimes yellow
Flower Time: Late winter and early spring
Other: March to April
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Water gardens
Pollinators: Wind

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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-03-27
By jmorth
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-11-11This maple tree has more red in the leaves.
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Location: southeast pennsylvaniaDate: 2015-10-24full-grown tree in landscape with orange fall color
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Location: My garden, Pequea, PA 17565Date: 2016-11-08Fall floliage
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-03-27Bloom starts late winter into early spring
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Location: southeast pennsylvaniaDate: 2010-11-09leaves with yellow fall color, not a cultivar
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Location: Wayneboro MSDate: 2005-11-29
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Location: Jacksonville, FloridaDate: 2011-02-21
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Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, CaliforniaDate: 2011-11-27
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Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, CaliforniaDate: 2012-11-24
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-03-27
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-03-27
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-11-11The fall color is primarily yellow.
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-03-31close-up of flowers
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-22
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Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-03-31flowers in spring
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Posted by ILPARW on Nov 13, 2017 4:07 PM

It is a very common tree in its native range from southeast Canada down to all of Florida to east Texas up to northern Minnesota. In Pennsylvania I see it growing in upland mountain ridges as on Hawk Mountain near Reading or it makes up a good part of the regular mature upland forest or it grows in swamps and bottomlands. It grows about 1.5 to 2 feet/year and lives about 100 to 150 years. It has shallow, fibrous roots and it is easy to transplant. It is sold by many nurseries and it is an abundant landscape tree. I have seen it do poorly in parking lot islands when there is lots of drought. In northern and central Illinois it sometimes develops magnesium deficiency and the foliage yellows and the tree dies unless treated with micronutrient chelate fertilizer; this happens because the pH is often higher than 7.0 in the soil of that region. A good quality tree that is most often sold as a cultivar that develops red or orange-red fall color as 'Red Sunset' or 'October Glory' the most; and there are many more cultivars that I have never seen.

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Posted by plantladylin (Florida - Zone 9b) on Sep 8, 2011 6:49 PM

The most common and widespread deciduous tree in North America, the Red Maple can attain heights of over 50'. It is used as a shade tree in landscapes and is adaptable to a wide range of conditions. This tree is known for its attractive foliage which turns a deep scarlet color in autumn.

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