Red maple is one of the best named of all trees, featuring something red in each of the seasons—buds in winter, flowers in spring, leafstalks in summer, and brilliant foliage in autumn. This pageant of color, along with the red maple’s relatively fast growth and tolerance to a wide range of soils, makes it a widely planted favorite.
Red maple derives its name from its brilliant autumnal foliage. While common in swamps and moist slopes, it is also abundant on dry slopes. Red maple is becoming more common as it typically reproduces well by seed and by sprouts from the stump following cutting.
It is an extremely rapid-growing tree (up to 24″/year), furnishing a fairly strong, close-grained wood.
The fruit, a samara, is an important wildlife food as it develops in the spring when other foods typically are not yet available.
Mature height 40-80 feet
Spread 30-50 feet
Plant in full Sun
Extra large 2-3 foot seedlings