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Species: Acer rubrum

(ay'ser rue'brum)

Acer rubrum

Red Maple; Scarlet Maple; Swamp Maple

Found on Course Walks

Maples, Beeches and Others, Campus trees walk;
Big Trees in Winter;
Maples, Beeches and Others

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

Recommended Urban Trees Collection
Tree Identification Guide

Ornamental Characteristics

Tree > 30 feet

40' - 60'

Deciduous

Shape varies widely by variety. Generally upright with a rounded crown, however many columnar varieties exist.

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun

3b

Can tolerate acid to neutral soil (pH 5.0 to 7.4)

Tolerates salt spray

Occasionally saturated or very wet soil; Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

verticillium wilt can be a problem

Bare Root Transplanting

Easy

Other

Native to North America (Newfoundland to Minnesota, south to Florida and Texas). Best transplanted in spring. Often seen as a wet site tolerant tree, however upland genotypes exist. Wetland genotypes are more commonly selected from in the trade as they tend to be more vigorous. Upland genotypes are more drought tolerant but tend to be slow-growing.

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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