Acer rubrum (Red Maple)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

The Red Maple, which is common throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, tolerates the widest variety of soil conditions of any North American forest species. Its leaves turn brilliant scarlet, orange, and yellow in the fall, making it a popular ornamental tree.

Print Version (Legal Size): Acer rubrum (Red Maple)
Tree  Height: 40–80 feet Spread: 30–50 feet Bloom Color: Red Characteristics Medium-sized deciduous tree with rounded crown; 3- to 5-lobed, opposite leaves with serrated margins; medium green above, whitish below; Red pistillate & staminate flowers March & April; Paired, winged fruit (samaras) from April to June; Red, orange, and yellow fall foliage color; Smooth bark when young, turning to plate-like; scales between vertical ridges when older  Attributes Tolerates wide range of soil, wet soil, and air pollution; No serious pests or diseases, although verticillium wilt can be fatal; deer seldom to occasionally severely damage, esp. when other food is scarce in winter; Fast-growing and very cold hardy, although wind and ice may break some branches; Attractive to wildlife for food and nesting cavities; larval host to a variety of moths  Growing and Maintenance Tips  Soil Requirements: Average to rich, well-drained  Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade  Water Requirements: Moist, Wet  Avoid planting near sidewalks or driveways as shallow root systems may cause buckling Use as a specimen tree for the lawn  Hardiness: USDA Zones 3–9   Excellent Replacement for Acer palmatum - Japanese Maple; Acer platanoides - Norway Maple; Acer pseodoplatanus - Sycamore Maple; Broussonetia papyyrifera - Paper Mulberry; Morus Alba - White Mulberry

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