Acer rubrum

red maple


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 45 to 50 ft    Width: 35 to 50 ft
Flower Color: flower color      red
Fruit Color: fruit color      red
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy fruits, fall color, interesting bark


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.
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: adaptable, but prefers acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Birds and other wildlife consume seeds. 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:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Sap once used as a source of sugar. Wood strips used to make baskets.

Other 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.