Acer rubrum

Red Maple


Plant Specifics

Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Red
Fruit Color:Red
Noted for:-


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.
Moisture Tolerance:
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
USDA Zones

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.