Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mid Spring
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From woody stem cuttings From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall By air layering
Seed Collecting: Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
Red Maples grow all over, here in Massachusetts. One of the most common native trees you can see. We have several of them growing along the western edge of our property and they look excellent year round. A couple years ago I dug up some little seedlings from my garden bed as I was weeding and potted them so I could have more. Now they are about 3 feet tall and I was able to plant them with the others in the western edge of the yard to fill in the gaps.
Some may consider them a pain as they do release thousands of "helicopter" seeds that sprout EVERYWHERE in the lawn. However, a simple mowing of the lawn takes care of that.
On Apr 19, 2012, MarcoPlo from Sudbury , ON (Zone 4b) wrote:
Fantastic little tree! Amazing colour, from the twigs, to the flowers, to the seeds, to the leaves. Cannot wait till mine grows tall! It has grown a lot in just a few years, nearly a foot per year. Buds faster when kept warm I find.
On Jun 9, 2010, mamooth from Indianapolis, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:
Red Maples can develop chlorosis (yellow leaves and stunted growth) due to a manganese deficiency, which in turn is due to soil which is too alkaline or too wet. While an alternate name for this tree is "swamp maple", that's a misnomer, because they don't do well in wet areas.
To save yellowed trees, add granulated sulfur to make the soil less alkaline, and add more manganese to the soil. Five pound bags of sulfur are available at garden stores, while agricultural supply stores sell bigger bags. Manganese sulfate powder is available from several sources on Ebay, or palm tree fertilizer will have manganese. I've used this sulfur and manganese treatment to green up two red maples that were badly yellowed.
On Sep 7, 2009, cloverlymd from Silver Spring, MD wrote:
Often brittle and sometimes short-lived, and like most maples it throws hundreds of seedlings. That said, it's one of the more desirable maples for the mid-Atlantic. The fall color rivals that of the sugar maple, and the shade is not so dense. One of its more striking effects is that the twigs and buds turn red in the spring just before the tiny red flowers emerge.
On May 23, 2008, nlafrance3 from Edmonton, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:
This is a lovely large tree that grows well into zone3a. I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and its slowly becoming a more popular tree. Originally it was not planted here because of the alkaline soil that is normal of this region. Newer strains are more tolerant and will do well in areas that aren't extremely alkaline. There are also crosses of silver and red maple that don't mind the soil at all. This tree will grow to about 40 feet tall in my region.
On Apr 8, 2005, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Red Maples are only good when they have a central leader, so corrective pruning when young is a must. They often have shallow roots that are easily injured by mowers or just by walking on them. Keeping a large circle of mulch around the base is a good idea. Fall color varies with seedlings, some are bright red and some are muted yellow.
On Dec 6, 2004, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
While this is definitely a lovely tree (I have several gorgeous specimens on my property here in VA), I do wish to inform those of you who keep any livestock - horses in particular - that the leaves, particularly when windfallen & wilted, can be fatally toxic.
On Dec 5, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is probably the #1 most popular landscape tree! Where are all the comments and photographs???!!!
One of my all time favorites. It's a Florida native too for all you Florida residents... These are naturally occuring as far south as Fort Lauderdale. I can't say a single bad thing about them.
This year, the majority of my maples did not have that great of a color display however there were a couple that not only had excellent color, it lasted a month or longer. Some trees, the color starts out a salmon color or an orange and turned to a fire engine red. Some trees it started out orange and then to brown and fell off the tree.
Very resiliant here in FL and withstood the hurricanes like only a native would.
I have two huge Red Maples In my front yard that I have cared for since they were babies. Every year one the(shorter) maple has 1000's of seed in the spring. they are like insect wings or what we call hellicopters. Only once has the seeds germinated and sprouted up I have dug up some seedlings 10 to be exact and cared for them and now they sre in the ground. One problem I have noticed is that for some reason the leaves turn brown and new growth appears and I do not know why this happens to some but not all of the trees if there is an expert out there that can shed some light on this smalll problem iy would be helpful to my learning experince.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Atmore, Alabama Boca Raton, Florida Campbell, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports) Lake City, Florida Olympia Heights, Florida Port Saint Lucie, Florida South Daytona, Florida Tampa, Florida Union Park, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Cordele, Georgia Flemington, Georgia Boise City, Idaho Homecroft, Indiana Kansas City, Kansas Benton, Kentucky Clermont, Kentucky Georgetown, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Smiths Grove, Kentucky Baton Rouge, Louisiana Franklinton, Louisiana Cloverly, Maryland North Laurel, Maryland Lawrence, Massachusetts Sterling, Massachusetts Alpena, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Lucedale, Mississippi Lincoln, Nebraska Highlands, North Carolina Rocky Mount, North Carolina Blue Ash, Ohio Bucyrus, Ohio Dayton, Ohio Lebanon, Ohio Ada, Oklahoma Greater Sudbury, Ontario Converse, Texas Katy, Texas Mckinney, Texas White Settlement, Texas Merrimac, Virginia Walkerton, Virginia Colville, Washington