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Red Sunset Red Maple

Acer rubrum

Fall Colors

Characteristics:
This selection does well in heat due to its drought tolerance and has an upright habit. It has very attractive orange-red fall color and is also a rapid and vigorous grower. Colors earlier and is more cold hardy than October Glory�. Sun, very tolerant of soils. Has shown high tolerance to flooding. Female tree, it produces fruit (seeds) that that is bright red.

Growing Conditions:
Adaptable to many growing conditions, soil types, and pH ranges. Established trees are drought tolerant.

Uses:
Commonly found along streets and in parks.

Height:
45' at maturity

Width:
35' at maturity

Shape:
Dense oval to rounded

Flowers:
Small and red forming in early April in dense clusters before the leaves appear.

Leaves:
Leaves opposite, simple, thick, strongly 3-lobed, dark, glossy green.

Bark:
Gray and smooth in youth becoming rougher as the tree ages

Developed in the 1940s by J. Frank Schmidt, Jr. of J. Frank Schmidt & Sons nursery, Boring, Oregon, introduced in 1966; reportedly the trademark name was inspired by the song "Red Sails in the Sunset", considered a standard by which to measure other Red Maples and widely planted in the 1970s and 80s (Jacobson, 1996). Iowa's Nursery and Landscape Professionals Tree of the Year in 2002.