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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 10b
Plant Height: 40-70 feet
Plant Spread: 30-50 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
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 or early spring
Other: March to April
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Water gardens
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: no stratification required
Needs specific temperature: likes warm soil temperatures (70 F) to germinate
Days to germinate: 7-14 days
Depth to plant seed: 1-2 inches
Can handle transplanting
Will not come true from seed
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Red Maple
  • Scarlet Maple
  • Maple

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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 13, 2017 4:07 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by sedumzz (Fairfax, VA - Zone 7a) on Jan 5, 2022 8:23 PM concerning plant:
    A really common landscaping tree.

    It's not too bad with raking leaves and it's very pretty. Only complaint is that if the tree gets large enough, the large amount of seeds and seedlings can get annoying to weed out.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 8, 2011 6:49 PM concerning plant:
    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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looks to be a good shot of pure Red Maple leaves by ILPARW Oct 22, 2020 2:29 PM 1

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