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Red Maple

Acer rubrum

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.170 W94 52.958

Trail Number:
T30

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Description

Family:
Sapindaceae

Foliage:
Leaves opposite, simple, 2 to 4 inches long. Three to five lobes.

Native Locale:
Newfoundland to Florida west to Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas

Mature Height:
40 to 60 feet

Mature Width:
100 to 120 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 3b to 9

Soil Preference:
Very tolerant of soils; prefers slightly acidic, moist conditions, tolerant of ozone and intermediately tolerant of sulfur dioxide

Growth Habit:
In youth often pyramidal or elliptical, developing ascending branches which result in an irregular, ovoid or rounded crown; variable over its range and the numerous cultivars reflect the degree of variation

Rate of Growth:
Medium to Fast; 10 to 12' in 5 to 7 years

Disease and Insect:
Leaf hoppers will cause considerable damage, also borer that attacks young terminals and a petiole borer

Landscape Value:
Fall color varies from greenish yellow to brilliant red. Good specimen tree for yard or park, but will not tolerate heavily polluted areas.

Additional Notes:
n/a

Photos

Leaf - Red MapleSummer - Red MapleSummer '08 - Red Maple