Red Maple – Acer rubrum
Red Maple is an attractive tree that is in the eastern and central North America, which include, Florida and Minnesota. The Red Maple is found ins swamps on bad, dry, soil and in between. The Red Maple can grow in sea level of 3,000 ft. The Red Maple trees are used to collect maple syrup from. The tree can grow from a medium to a large and the height can range from 90 ft to 115 ft. The bark of the tree is a gray when it is growing, and as the tree grows, it becomes dark as well as crack. Some flowers grow on the Red Maple also. These flowers will appear from April to May. The blooming of the tree will occur at eight years old. The fruit that this tree bear are a samara. They typically grow in pairs are the color will range from light brown to reddish. The Samara ripens from April to June. The foliage on this tree can provide shade for landscapes. The Red Maple can grow in different types of soil. The soils can range granite, schist, sandstone, slate, limestone and more. The moisture, ph., elevation, and textures need to be considered for the soil. The Red Maple has been called a “super-generalist.” The reason it is called that is that it was once predicted to replace the dominant species of trees. The Red Maple tree is used for commercial uses such as lumber and the production of maple syrup. The red maple is also considered to be good firewood. If you are thinking to plant a Red Maple, there are some steps to follow. First, find a wet area with the sun or partial shade. The soil must be acid to neutral. Sprinkle the red maples before the ground dries. Two to three inches of organic mulch will keep the soil moist longer. The Red Maple does not need fertilization.
The maple tree is one of the most common deciduous trees in eastern North America. Most varieties reach a height of 50' at maturity, and all are aptly named: the flowers, twigs, and even seeds of the Red Maple are varying degrees of red! However, it is most commonly known for it's vibrant red autumn foliage.
Red Maple Trees have new leaves with green and bits of red, and turn to a magnificent red (and sometimes, gold!) in the fall. The green stems even turn red in winter! Spectacular coloring aside, the leaves of the Red Maple are easy to distinguish: they are deciduous and arranged oppositely on the twig. Small red flowers appear in the spring, and bears samara fruits from April to June (even while leaves are still developing).
The Red Maple developed roots to suit it's site from a young age, which gives the tree the ability to prosper in a large number of areas. While is prefers moisture in the soil (thriving in poorly drained, wet areas), it is tolerant of many soil conditions, which is one of the many reasons people love to plant the Red Maple.
This is a great shade tree for any home. This tree looks great in the summer and provides that cooling shade from the sun. This plant also looks amazing in the fall when its colors turn and become a beautiful red coloration. This trees maximum height is 15-25 ft high. This plant also prefers full sunlight to partial sunlight to grow to its best. This tree is very easy to grow and can survive summer droughts. It also grows at a fast rate of 4-5 ft a year.