Maple, Red Sunset
Maple, Red Sunset
Celebrated as one of the loveliest, most reliable, and best-known maple cultivars, the Red Sunset Maple is lauded for its vivid fall coloration, its wide geographic scope, and its dependability as a shade tree.
What distinguishes the lovely Red Sunset Maple?
Spectacular fiery red fall colors.
Glossy foliage identified by their toothed outline and silvery undersides.
Propagation by winged samaras.
Dependable as a shade tree.
Fast-growing and hardy against most insects and diseases.
Easily developed with minimal prudence.
Keeping up appearances…
The Red Sunset Maple’s foliage seems to have soaked up all the impeccable hues of a ruby-red dusk in order to release them upon its every leaf. Its stems, twigs, two-winged summer samara seeds, and (of course!) its resplendent autumn foliage are all tinted vibrant red. In the spring and summer, the Red Sunset Maple’s leaves are a glossy medium to dark green, identified by their toothed margins, pointy tips, and silvery-tinged undersides. The tree’s bark is silvery-gray, a soothing contrast to the plethora of fiery red fall colors. Golden or scarlet flowers emerge in March and April, further contributing to the stunning coloration of the overall plant, and are later replaced by a profusion of winged samaras that serve to propagate the tree and which consequently make the surrounding territory a feasting ground for local squirrels and birds.
A friendly recommendation.
With a 3-9 hardiness zone rating, this species thrives in medium, well-drained soils and prefers full sun to partial shade. Commonly cultivated throughout most of the United States, it’s noted that no serious insect or disease problems have been recorded, though this shade tree can be vulnerable to verticillium wilt and fungal leaf and root rots. Best planted upland, this maple variant is easily developed with minimal prudence.
Awesome tree trivia!
- This deciduous specimen belongs to the Sapindaceae family. Its binomial name, Acer Rubrum “Franksred,” pays tribute to its original developer, J. Frank Schmidt Jr.
- Fast-growing, the Red Sunset Maple’s oval-round canopy can scrape heights of 40-70 ft., and it has a typical width of 30-50 ft.
This Tree's Zone: 3 to 9
Your Growing Zone:
|Foliage||Medium to dark green|
|Bloom||Red to yellow|
|Bloom Time||March to April|
|Shape||Oval to rounded crown|
|Sun||Full sun to part shade|
|Size||40 to 70 feet|
|Spread||30 to 50 feet|