Red Maple Tree
The Red Maple Tree can easily grow 40-60 feet tall with a round to oval shape. This Maple is extremely cold hardy. It will grow faster than a sugar maple but slower than a silver maple.
Features: Red Maples enjoy full sun to part shade. You will need to find a nice area in your yard so that it gets enough sun and is not shaded by any wooded areas. This Maple tree is tolerant of a wide range of soils but prefers moist, slightly acid conditions. Very cold hardy.
Enjoy a brilliant display of fall color!
The name "Red Maple" has meaning, everything is red. From red flowers from March through April to red samara pods and reddish twigs to red buds in the spring and red leaves in fall, the Red Maple embodies RED!
How Fast Does This Maple Grow?
Grows at a medium rate of 12-18 inches a year to mature height of 30-60 feet.
How Do I Plant A Red Maple
Plant in a spot that has neutral to acidic soil in full sun to part shade conditions and water once a week.
Is This Tree Evergreen?
This tree is deciduous and know to drop leaves from September through October.
When planting your Red Maple tree be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant your Maple almost any time of the year.
These trees tolerate full sun to part shade and prefer soil that is well-drained, slightly acidic, and nutrient rich. However, Maples will adapt to a variety of soils. If you have alkaline soil, you can amend your soil. To acidify your soil, amend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution for increasing acidity.
Maples should be watered often enough to keep the soil moist. Maples can tolerate a wet area, but they shouldn't be in standing water.
Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost. Choose a slow-release fertilizer. When planting take care not to burn the roots by mixing the fertilizer into the soil before placing your tree in the hole.
Maple trees don't generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape. Maples are salt intolerant so keep them away from road sides in cooler climates and beach areas as well as any area known for soils with high salinity.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Scale and Aphids are insects that can affect Maples. You can treat these pests naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. Occasionally fungal issues can arise. Generally, treating after infection isn't extremely effective, so if you have problems yearly treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection. Neem Oil is an organic method of treating some fungal diseases and pests. It can be effective, but the entire tree must be coated in order for this method to be effective.
The Red Maple tree is a great tree for your yard. With a mature width of 30 feet and height up to 60 feet, this is a good sized shade tree. Be sure to give it plenty of room to thrive. Plant 1, 2, or 3 in your front or backyard as individual specimen trees or plant a row to line your backyard or a long driveway. Space your maple hedge so that each tree has at least 15 feet to the next tree. You will enjoy shade within a few years with this fast growing tree.
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