Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
40-60 ft. H X 25-45 ft. W
Small red flowers in dense clusters
Bloom Time Notes:
Opposite; triangular shaped with palmate lobes
Paired red or pink winged samara "helicopter" about 3/4 inch long
Pollen for insects, seeds eaten by birds and small mammals
Low, rich woods; along the margins of lakes, marshes, and swamps; in wet thickets; on floodplains and stream terraces
Sun or Shade:
Red maple has nice fall color; flowers are somewhat showy in late winter to early spring; good shade tree; tolerates some air pollution; grows in most soil types and moisture levels; a number of cultivars are available in the nursery trade (such as 'October Glory').
Best in moist, fertile, loamy soils but also grows in dry, rocky, upland soil.