Red maple, or Canadian maple as it’s known in the UK, is Acer rubrum, a wonderful North American native with great adaptability. Over most of its range, red maple can be found growing anywhere from swamps to poor dry ridges withstanding extremes of heat and cold. Swamp red maple, Acer rebrum var. drummondii, is particularly useful in heavy, wet soils.
The flowers, petioles, twigs and seeds are all red. It grows fast and withstands the stress and pollution of urban conditions. But, of course, it is the autumn leaves which are so spectacular. And they may not necessarily be red; yellow or orange are quite possible. And Red maples will manifest bright foliage even in areas not noted for autumn colour.
If you consider your landscape as a year round show, where you have a number of great spring plants, and then something special for the summer, the Red maple would easily be your star performer for autumn. But there is more to this tree than just foliage color for even in winter there is red color from the winged red samaras (seeds) and the brilliant small red flowers.
Its life span is average though that depends somewhat on locale, which also influences its ultimate size. In general, it grows quickly and will eventually reach 75 feet with a nice oval form. There are numerous cultivars offering various shapes, heights and colours, and there is quite possibly a Red maple for any landscape situation. And this maple is very wildlife beneficial, with the leaves and seeds providing food.

Red maple was brought back to the United Kingdom not long after the first English settlement at Jamestown, in the Virginia colony, was founded and has been in the United Kingdom so long that it’s commonly thought to be native. And it now grows in New Zealand and temperate Australia.

Red maple


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