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Red Maple Tree in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Acer rubrum

 

Red Maple Tree

There are many different types of acer, from the smaller types, such as the very popular Acer Palmatum (Japanese Maple) grown in many gardens, to the large maple trees that can grow up to 45 m in height. Most species have palmate leaves that are lobed (usually 3 - 9 lobes). The flowers, which are green, yellow, orange or red, in racemes, umbels or corymbs, appear in early Spring, and are followed by fruit, - samaras - or "helicopters", "whirlybirds" "maple keys" or "polynoses" due to the way they spin as they fall in Autumn. 'Acer Rubrum', Native to North America, and common there, has twigs, leaves and flowers and seeds that are all, to a certain extent, red, but it is best known for brilliant red foliage in Autumn. The leaves are 2-4" long, palmate with 3 or 5 lobes and a serrated edge. The clusters of red flowers usually appear before the leaves, in early Spring. 'Acer Rubrum' is the tree from which maple syrup is harvested. New:Acers (maples) are trees and shrubs grown mainly for their colourful foliage. Many varieties are the trees and shrubs responsible for spectacular Autumn colours.

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plant Features
  • Red Maple Tree likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Red Maple Tree likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Red Maple Tree is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Red Maple Tree likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Red Maple Tree

Latin name

Acer rubrum

type

Trees or Shrubs

family

Sapindaceae

ph

4.5 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Red Maple Tree likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Red Maple Tree is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Red Maple Tree likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Red Maple Tree likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Red Maple Tree is 10.00meters x 20.00meters 10.00 M 20.00 M

Acer rubrum

There are many different types of acer, from the smaller types, such as the very popular Acer Palmatum (Japanese Maple) grown in many gardens, to the large maple trees that can grow up to 45 m in height. Most species have palmate leaves that are lobed (usually 3 - 9 lobes). The flowers, which are green, yellow, orange or red, in racemes, umbels or corymbs, appear in early Spring, and are followed by fruit, - samaras - or "helicopters", "whirlybirds" "maple keys" or "polynoses" due to the way they spin as they fall in Autumn. 'Acer Rubrum', Native to North America, and common there, has twigs, leaves and flowers and seeds that are all, to a certain extent, red, but it is best known for brilliant red foliage in Autumn. The leaves are 2-4" long, palmate with 3 or 5 lobes and a serrated edge. The clusters of red flowers usually appear before the leaves, in early Spring. 'Acer Rubrum' is the tree from which maple syrup is harvested. New:Acers (maples) are trees and shrubs grown mainly for their colourful foliage. Many varieties are the trees and shrubs responsible for spectacular Autumn colours.


Flowering

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Most acers and maples have somewhat insignificant flowers. The flowers can be green, yellow, orange or red, and usually appear in early Spring, and are an early source of nectar and pollen for bees.

 

Planting

From Late Winter TO Early Spring

Smaller varieties can be grown in pots and containers. The best time for planting is late Winter / early Spring, before the leaves appear

 

Propagating by cuttings

From Late Spring TO Mid Summer

Propagation methods vary according to the variety. Most varieties are propagated by means of softwood cuttings.

 

Propagating by grafting

From Early Summer TO Mid Summer

Some acers or maples are best propagated by grafting. This certainly applies to 'Shirasawanum' varieties.

 
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