Red Maple (Acer Rubrum)

Red Maple (Acer Rubrum)

The Red Maple (Acer Rubrum) is a popular ornamental tree mostly known for its distinctive red tone during the fall.

The new leaves that grow at the beginning of spring initially have a red tint but quickly turn to green as they reach maturity. The flowers of this tree are also bright red.

How Does It Grow?

The Red Maple can grow to a 40 - 60 feet height, with a 40-foot spread reached by its maturity. It grows at a medium-fast pace, with an average 13 inches every year, but some specimens can even grow more than 24 inches a year. Red maples have an average lifespan of 80 to 100 years, with the oldest known Red Maple reaching around 200 years of age. For tree standards, this species does not seem to live very long.

Not a Great Suit for Residential Area

The Red Maple can grow in moist, rich, sandy, and clay soils, and prefers wet conditions. However, it also has some drought resistance. It’s a very popular tree in hot states like Texas.

This tree may not be the most appropriate species for residential areas, especially near streets or walkways. Red Maples have thick, strong roots that tend to grow very close to the surface. In some cases, they can raise the soil quite a bit. That could be problematic if you planted it too close to the driveway, for instance.

Slow, deep watering may encourage the root to go deeper into the soil. Even so, you should consider planting a Red Maple in a big area where it has enough room to grow, and not too close to buildings or driveways.

Any Additional Information?

The Red Maple has the greatest north-south range of any species in the Eastern forests, from Newfoundland to Southern Florida.

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