Red Maple or Acer rubrum:
Red maple is the state tree of Rhode Island and its "Autumn Blaze" cultivar was selected 2003 Tree of the Year by the Society of Municipal Arborists. Red maple is one of the first trees to show off red flowers in the spring and displays a most magnificent scarlet fall color. Red maple is a fast grower without the habits of fast growers. It quickly makes shade without the compromise of becoming brittle and messy.
Habit and Range:
Red maple transplants easily at any age and grows into a medium-large tree of about 40' to 70'. The red maple occupies one of the largest eastern north-south ranges in North America - from Canada to the tip of Florida. The tree is very tolerant and grows in nearly any condition.
Some great red maple cultivars: 'Armstrong', 'Bowhall', 'Autumn Blaze'
Identification of Red Maple:
Red Maple Hardiness Zones:
Red maple hardy through all zones in Canada and the United States...
"It is a tree for all seasons that develops into an attractive yard specimen under a great range of soil and climatic conditions." - Guy Sternberg, Native Trees for North American Landscapes
"The red, red maple. Native to the wet soils of America's eastern half, it has become one of the Nation's favorite - if not the hardiest - street trees."- Arthur Plotnik, The Urban Tree Book
"Reddish flowers appear in early spring and are followed by red fruit. The smooth gray bark is quite attractive, particularly on young plants."- Michael Dirr, Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs P