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Acer rubrum

Red maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Autumn colour



Skill level


photo by Paul Debois, copyright GAP Photos (15671)

Plant details

A fast-growing and desirable tree from North America. The shiny dark green foliage, which is silvery-backed, turns rich red and scarlet in autumn. However, it is the red flowers in March followed by bright red fruits that give this species its name.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: rubrum

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2000cm

Spread: 1000cm

Flowering period: March to April

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