Red Maple
Red Maple Red Maple Leaf Red Maple Bark
ID
ID

Red Maple 'October Glory' #316

GPS
GPS
355, 373, 10
Map Location
MAP LOCATION
Southwest
Scientific NameSCIENTIFIC NAME Acer rubrum
Max Height
MAX HEIGHT
40' - 60' Feet tall
Average Spread
AVERAGE SPREAD
40' - 60' Feet across
Branch Shape
BRANCH SHAPE
Irregular, rounded crown.
Growth
GROWTH
Medium to fast.
Wood Strength
WOOD STRENGTH
Strong when young, less durable as the tree ages
Pest
PEST
Leaf hoppers and borers. sunscald.
Uses
USES

The red maple is used widely in gardens as a shade tree. Excellent specimen tree for lawn, park or street. Doesn't tolerate heavily polluted areas. Doesn't grow as fast as the silver maples, but is more preferred due to better fall color, stronger wood and cleaner foliage.

Cold Hardiness Zone
COLD HARDINESS ZONE
3 - 9
Soil Requirements
SOIL REQUIRMENTS
Wet, Moist
Sun Requirements
SUN REQUIRMENTS
Sun, Part or Dappled Shade
Bark Description
BARK DESCRIPTION

The bark is smooth and light gray on young trees. With age, the bark becomes darker and breaks up into long scaly plates.

Foliage Description
Foliage Description
The 2 - 4 inch long and wide leaves are opposite, simple, shiny green above, and pale grayish to silvery beneath and have 3-5 lobes. New growth and petiole are often red. During fall leaves are red to yellow.
FloweringFLOWERING The flowers are small and bright red, rarely yellow. When the flowers bloom from March to April the Female trees have a more intense red color than the males.
Fruit
FRUIT
The 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide samara appear on long slender stems of 3/4 to 1 inch long and with slightly divergent wings from May to June in clusters. It is light brown maturing to a reddish color.
InformationINFORMATION The Red Maple is one of the first trees to show fall color. Generally, the tree is found in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. In northern states, the Red Maple occurs in wet bottomlands, river flood plains, and wet woods along with other hardwoods such as cottonwoods, oaks, black ash, and black tupelo. In southern states, it frequents drier, rocky upland areas. American pioneers used the tannin on the Red Maple's bark to make ink. The ink's color was determined by the mineral, such as iron or alum, added to the tannin.