Brilliant color is the Red Maple tree’s stand-out feature, and it is displayed in each and every season of the year, with an array of red flowers, red fruit, red twigs and red leaves. Beauty is not the Red Maple trees only feature. Its sap is also used to make maple syrup.
In late winter-early spring, reddish petaled flowers appear in clusters. The Red Maple tree is one of the first trees to flower each year. A month later, seeds make their appearance, ripening from April to June. They are then dispersed from April through July.
When leaves appear they feature three to five palmate lobes with small teeth and a pointed tip. The leaves have a reddish tint which changes later to a dull green. In fall, they turn a vivid red, yellow and orange.
Red Maple trees typically grow to 40-70 feet or taller and are extremely fast growers. They prefer full sunlight and well-drained, moist, slightly acidic soil. Hardiness Zone: 3-9