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|Size:||45 to 50 ft tall by 35 to 50 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|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.|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||-|
|Soil pH:||Adaptable, but prefers acidic|
Birds and other wildlife consume seeds.
Attracts bees. 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
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||Sap once used as a source of sugar. Wood strips used to make baskets.|
|General 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.|