Red Maple

River-Birch The flowers of the red maple are one of the first signs of spring. The profusion of tiny red flowers with the background of smooth gray bark is a beautiful sight. Red maple is also one of the first trees to change color in the fall. Some trees develop a good red fall color, but many of them do not. Several improved varieties of red maple produce outstanding fall color. There are also varieties available with a narrow crown.

Red maple is easy to transplant and grows rapidly. However it is relatively weak wooded and subject to storm damage.
  • Maximum height: 90 feet
  • Relative growth rate: Excellent
  • Freedom from insect pests: Good
  • Freedom from disease problems: Good
  • Resistance to storm damage: Poor
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil: Excellent
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas: Poor
  • Easy to transplant: Good
  • Withstands city conditions: Poor

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