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|Size:||45 to 50 ft tall by 35 to 50 ft wide. Trunk diameter up to 2 ft.|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Deciduous. Blooms in winter. Fruits ripen quickly after bloom|
|Recommended Uses:||Shade or fall color tree for moist areas.|
Rain gardens or bioswales
|Considerations:||Fast growing, fairly weak. Shallow, wide-spreading root system. Do not plant near septic tank or drainfield.|
|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:||Organic material (muck), Sand|
|Soil pH:||Adaptable, but prefers acidic|
Seeds consumed mostly by squirrels and other rodents.
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 (less desirable that sugar maple sap). Wood strips used to make baskets.|
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.
Florida-grown stock does not need cold temperatures to stimulate flowering, but out-of-state stock does, and should be avoided.
Red maple has the greatest south-north range of tree species in eastern North America.