Maple, Red


Acer rubrum

Red maple is a moderate sized tree. The leaves turn bright red in the fall. Red maple is a very hardy and adaptable tree, which can be found in swamps and on dry rocky ridges. Growth depends on site quality, and trees will grow much larger on moist sites with full sun. Like most maple species in Minnesota, it is vulnerable to cold weather damage, especially if planted in open spaces, but is very hardy to damage. Trees have a wide spread when given ample growing space, but are more narrow in dense woods.

Red maple is planted for landscaping, maple syrup production, and wildlife habitat. It is a good tree for tough sites, including compacted urban soils.


  • Size: 18" - 36"
  • # per Bundle: 25
  • Soil Type: Adaptable - sandy to clay
  • Sun: Full sun to Partial shade
  • Moisture: wet to dry
  • Height: 50-70
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
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