Estimated Height at Pickup: 4-5', 3 gal
Named for its generally bright red fall foliage, the red maple is a hardy and adaptable shade tree! Young plants tolerate bright shade, male plants have more obvious red flowers, and female plants produce the classic maple ‘helicopters’!
Pollination: Self pollinating.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet, Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mar-Apr
Fruit: Small nuts in winged ‘helicopters’ mature late spring-early summer.
Fall Color: Yellow, Orange, Red
Root Type: Taproot
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Hosts moths such as the rosy maple and maple zale, many leafhoppers, beetles, and other small insects. Seeds are eaten by animals such as turkey, bobwhite, nuthatches, and squirrels. Commonly browsed by deer and rabbits. Large old trees provide valuable habitat for cavity nesting birds, mammals, and bats.
Notes: Root system is dense and robust- enough to buckle pavement and make it difficult for many plants to grow near the trunk.