Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 45 to 50 ft Width: 35 to 50 ft
Noted for: Showy fruits, fall color, interesting bark
Recommended Uses: Shade or fall color tree for moist areas.
Considerations: Fast growing, fairly weak. Shallow, wide-spreading root system.
Propagation: Can be grown from purchased saplings, seedlings, or from seed. Grows readily from seed.
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: adaptable, but prefers acidic
Birds and other wildlife consume seeds.
Larval host for imperial moth (Eacles imperialis) , cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia), polyphemus moth(Antheraea polyphemus) and rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda).
Native Habitats: Flatwoods, swamps, moist secondary woods
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Ethnobotany: Sap once used as a source of sugar. Wood strips used to make baskets.
Other Comments: In January the tree bears tiny red flowers followed by conspicuous, bright-red, winged samaras,or keys, which remain on trees for several weeks, serving as indicators of spring. The Florida-grown stock do not need cold temperatures to stimulate flowering, but out-of-state stock does, and should be avoided.
Red maple has the greatest range of tree species in eastern North America.