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89.Red Sunset Maple

Acer rubrum ‘Red Sunset’


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
3b to 9
Height:
40 to 60ft., occasionally 100 to 120ft
Spread:
Less than or equal to height
Habit:
In youth, often pyramidal or elliptical; numerous cultivars reflect degree of variation
Light:

Soil:

Flowers:
Red, rarely yellow, borne with petals March into April
Fruit:
Samara, often but not always reddish maturing to brown, on slender drooping pedicels 2 to 3 inches long
Landscape use:
Excellent specimen tree for lawn, park, or street
History:
Newfoundland to Florida west to Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Texas
Pests\Problems:
Leaf hoppers will cause considerable damage; also borer that attacks young terminals and a petiole borer
Significant Features:
Red maple is the light that brightens the fall color sky throughout the northeastern states

 

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