Red Maples and Silver Maples are commonly referred to as “soft maples”. The Red Maple is a medium to large-sized tree usually reaching 40 - 70 feet in height, but occasionally reaching heights of 100 feet or more. Open-grown specimens generally have a short trunk and dense crown.
Red Maples can be grown in a variety of soil conditions, but grows most rapidly in moist, loamy soils. The Red Maple is a commonly planted shade tree due to its tolerance of diverse site conditions, has few insect or disease pests, and its fall color. Fall color is usually red, but can also range from orange to yellow.
Soil pH should be checked before planting a Red Maple as they will develop chlorosis if planted in alkaline (high pH) soils.
Improved Red Maple cultivars will provide more consistent, and brilliant, fall color.
Common Red Maple cultivars:
* 'Autumn Flame'
* 'Franksred' (Red Sunset®)
* 'Northwood' (Northwood®)
* 'October Glory' (October Glory®)