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Acer rubrum

 Red Maple

Outstanding fall colors is the hallmark of this tree which prefers damp locations such as drainage areas and swales along streets.

Red Maple, Acer rubrum


Red Maple leaves showing late winter color change. Click to enlarge.

Red Maple bark. Click to enlarge.

Plant Facts:

Common Name:   Red Maple

Botanical Name:   Acer Rubrum

Plant Type:  Deciduous tree

Zones: 3-10

Height:  60-70', shorter in the south.

Soil Requirements:  Prefers damp locations.

Water Requirements: Low drought tolerance.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade.

Leaves:  Tri-lobed, medium green above and silvery below. Turn bright red, purple or yellow in late fall. Leaves are 4-6" long with serrated edges and red petioles.

Flowers: Small, red.

Fruit: Winged fruit, January-February.

Uses:  Beautiful background or shade tree. Excellent for fall color.

Propagation:  Seeds, cuttings.

Source:  Native Florida Plants: Low-Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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