$30.00 – $200.00
Plants are between 12-18″ in height.
Red Maples are one of the most common and widespread deciduous shade trees of eastern North America. The U.S. Forest service recognizes it as the most common variety of tree in America. Like all maples, home owners should be mindful of how close it is planted to sidewalks, foundations, driveways, etc. because of its shallow root system. It can reach a height of 25 feet and a width of 12 feet at a crown spread in just 12 years. Species name of rubrum (meaning red) is manifest everywhere. From its red flowers in dense clusters in late March to early April, red fruit, reddish stems and twigs to its red buds and exquisite orange-red fall foliage, Red Maples are arguably America’s favorite tree. More planting instruction can also be found at boydnursery.net/planting/.
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun|
|Leaves:||Opposite, simple, 2 to 4(5)” long and wide, 3 although often 5 lobed, triangular ovate lobes and sinuses are irregularly toothed (in Silver Maple the sinuses are entire), medium to dark green above, grayish beneath with hairy veins, new growth and petioles often red; petiole 2 to 4″ long. Emerging leaves are reddish tinged gradually changing medium to dark green above with a distinct gray cast beneath; fall color varies from greenish yellow to yellow to brilliant red; Red Maple does not always have brilliant red fall color and unscrupulous plantsmen who offer seedling trees and guarantee red fall color are defrauding the public!|
|Size:||40 to 60′ in height, but occasionally reaches 100 to 120′ in the wild; spread less than or equal to height.|
|Hardiness:||Zone 3 to 9, best to select Red Maples for a specific area that have been grown from seed collected there; ample evidence to suggest provenance is important to hardiness. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
|Habit:||In youth often pyramidal or elliptical, developing ascending branches which result in an irregular ovoid or rounded crown.|
|Rate:||Medium to fast; 10 to 12′ in 5 to 7 years.|
|Flowers:||Red, rarely yellowish; mid to late March into April, in dense clusters before the leaves, each flower on a reddish pedicel at first quite short but lengthening as the flower and fruit develop; the stigmas and styles as well as the small petals are the showy part of the flower; Females show more intense red coloration than males.|
|Diseases & Insects:||Leaf hoppers will cause considerable damage, also borer that attacks young terminals.|
|Landscape Value:||Excellent specimen tree for lawn, park or street; does not tolerate heavily polluted areas; does not grow as fast as Acer saccharinum, Silver Maple, however, is much more preferable because of cleaner foliage, stronger wood and better fall color; Red Maple is the light that brightens the fall color sky throughout the northern Midwestern and Northeastern states; the fall color can be so dazzling and combined with a backdrop of Pinus strobus paints a picture that no master could duplicate; the only thing consistent about Red Maple fall coloration is the inconsistency from tree to tree; some remain almost green or at best yellow-green, others bright yellow, others flaming orange or red.|
|Soil Preference:||Very tolerant of soils, however, prefers slightly acidic, moist conditions; shows cholorosis in high pH soils.|
|Care:||Prune in winter and water transplants thoroughly and often.|
|Fertilization:||Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.|
Terms & Conditions of Sale:
The plants are NOT in storage and are dug fresh on receipt of your order. When your order is received plants are collected as soon as the weather permits, this time-frame is normally within one week. We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, We will advise you by phone.
For a quote on larger quantities, please call or email us. We ship via Priority Mail from zip-code 37111.
We do NOT ship West of the Rocky Mountains for retail orders, but we will consider shipping West of the Rocky Mountains for wholesale qualities. Please contact us for wholesale container, bare-root, and balled and burlap inquiries.
Refund Policy: At Boyd Nursery Company we strive to always provide quality plant stock in superb condition. We reserve the right to determine if the plant material was cared for properly after leaving our greenhouses. Over or under watering, exposure to adverse temperature swings and weather conditions, incorrect planting or improper cultural conditions will void any effort of refunding your plant purchase. Full or partial replacement or refund will be at the discretion of Boyd Nursery Company following examination of the plant material in question.
If you have questions prior to purchase or have uncertainties in maintenance and proper methods of care for the plant stock purchased, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately with any questions. By contacting us, we can work to rectify the situation before it becomes irreversible.