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Acer Rubrum

Botanical Name:

Acer rubrum

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Partial Sun - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Soil
Moist, slightly acidic soils.
Heat Tolerant
yes
Cold Tolerant
yes
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May, Dec

Plant Type

Trees, Native Plant, Tree

Lifespan

Woody, Perennial

Plant Height

36-72 ft., 72-100 ft.

Flower

The polygamous flowers grow in short-stemmed drooping clusters in springtime, before the leaves appear. In North Carolina, Red Maple flowers from January to March., Male trees have decorative blooms, Flowers 2 mm long

Fruit

The paired, winged, fruit is in a "V" shaped, Red, pink, or yellow, winged samara about 3/4 of an inch long on drooping stems. They turn tan or brown when mature and drop from the plant. In North Carolina, the samaras are available from April to July., Brown 1 to 1.5 inches

Benefits
Ornamental

A popular landscaping tree for its colorful fall foliage, smoky red male flowers in spring, and red samaras on female trees.

Attracts

Birds

Warning

Leaves and bark poisonous to livestock.

Taxonomy

Order

Sapindales

Family

Sapindaceae

Genus

Acer

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