University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Trees for Your Home
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Red Maple
Acer rubrum
Red Maple leaves
Size:

Small
Size: medium
Medium
Size: large
Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 
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Mature Height: 40-60 Feet
Features: Clusters of small, red flowers in early spring; red or yellow fall color.
Culture: Full sun to light shade; prefers slightly moist, slightly acid soils; tolerates wet sites.
Cultivars:

Numerous, including

  • 'Autumn Flame'- excellent red fall color, earlier than the species.
  • 'Northwood'- very cold hardy with orange-red fall color.
  • 'October Glory' - excellent fall color, but the color develops late and early freezes may ruin it.
  • 'Red Sunset' - excellent red fall color, very cold hardy.

Several cultivars once considered to be red maples are now classified as hybrids between red maple and silver maple (Acer x freemanii). These include 'Armstrong', 'Autumn Blaze', and 'Morgan'.

Mature Form: Oval to rounded
Native To: United States (and Illinois)
Soil Conditions:
Dry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Soil condition: WetWet
Tolerance:
Alkaline Soil
Dry Sites
Salt
Soil Compaction
Tolerance: Wet SitesWet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Uses:
Massing
Patio
Screen
Use for: Shade.Shade
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Use for: Street.Street
Wind Break
Foliage Color: Green
 
Fall Foliage Color: Red
Yellow
 
Additional Notes:

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