Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Red Maple

Acer rubrum
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Red
Hardy From Zone: 3
Hardy To Zone: 9

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting, Butterfly / Moth Host
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

40 to
70
feet

Spread:

30 to
60
feet
Size
Height: 40 to
70
feet
Spread: 30 to
60
feet
Size
Height: 40 to
70
feet
Spread: 30 to
60
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Excellent specimen tree or shade tree for large areas. Provides cover for songbirds and birds of prey.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows best in rich, moist soil. Do not try to grow in poor, dry soil in western regions of Missouri (except in Ozarks).
Special Features
Special Usage
Rainscaping
Basic Description

Excellent specimen or shade tree for large areas. Habit is pyramidal when young then develops irregularly rounded crown. One of the first trees to color in fall, leaves may be bright yellow, flaming orange or red. Medium to fast growth rate. Early flowers (March) and nice, bi-colored foliage in fall color. Early spring nectar and pollen for bees. Hosts to many moths, including rose moth. Provides seeds for small animals, like squirrels.

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