Red Maple Tree

Red Maple Tree

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Over 20 Feet
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Planting Zones 3-9
November Through April
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Red Maple Tree (Acer rubrum)


Red Maple Tree: Acer rubrum, formerly Acer sanguineum, or the common name red maple, is an American native deciduous tree species. TN Nursery hears from customers who seek this stunning tree as a shade tree, accent tree, or specimen in their gardens. It grows in almost every region of the contiguous United States.


Other names for the red maple tree include the following:

  •      Carolina Maple
  •      Curled Maple
  •      Scarlet Maple
  •      Soft Maple
  •      Swamp Maple


Where (and How) to Plant Your Red Maple Tree


The red maple tree is relatively easy to care for. You will meet its critical needs when you plant it. It starts with location --select a sunny site that will receive at least six hours of daily sunshine. The partial sun will also suffice, although the colors may be less brilliant.


This species adapts to many soil types but requires the soil to have woody material when you plant it. Think of the growing conditions in its native woods--which makes perfect sense! Amend the soil with hardwood mulch, peat moss, compost, or leaf litter. After planting, you will only need to mulch around the tree once in spring and again in the fall.


Once planted, the seedling needs about an inch of water every week, especially during the hottest summer days. However, the red maple tree will become drought-tolerant after the roots grow strong and healthy.


The Tall and Handsome Looks of the Red Maple Tree


The red maple tree can grow tall--up to 120 feet and with a 50-foot wide canopy. The trunk can be upward of six feet in diameter! It is certainly impressive when it reaches its mature size.


Early spring brings large, showy magenta or bright red flowers that grow in charming clusters. They are a welcome sight and one of the earliest bloomers of spring. The blossoms have a light, floral fragrance that signals the arrival of spring.


The leaves unfurl in a soft green in the spring and deepen to a dark green shade. Leaves are three-lobed and can measure six inches long and two to four inches across. In the later part of the summer, the color changes again to a rich copper or red--giving the tree its name.


Order Your Red Maple Tree From TN Nursery Today


If you want a lovely shade tree that brings bright red color to the autumn landscape, then the red maple tree is an excellent selection. Order from TN Nursery today


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  • 4
    Red maple

    Posted by Megan on Nov 17, 2020

    I got a stick in the mail. I assume it’ll grow in the spring. It was a very well packaged stick.

  • 4
    Arrived in excellent condition

    Posted by Kate C Barret on Nov 10, 2020

    I only gave a 4 because I don’t know if they will live. I got 10 last year and 5 survived. Hope I have a better rate this year.

  • 5
    2-3' trees

    Posted by Kate C Barret on Nov 11, 2019

    They came in great shape. I put them out on Saturday. Can't wait for spring.

  • 5
    Red Maple

    Posted by Hallie Jenkings on Aug 22, 2019

    These are amazing.

  • 5
    Red Maple

    Posted by Edward Simms on Aug 21, 2019

    this tree is so amazing just beautiful

  • 5
    Red Maple

    Posted by Brandi Broth on Aug 21, 2019

    just love these trees. gorgeous color

  • 5
    Super Fast Growing

    Posted by Sandi Paisley on Jan 02, 2017

    I was amazed at how fast this tree grew. I planted it and in less than 2 years it had grown 4 feet or so. Love the vibrancy of the fall colors too.

Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates

Ships November through April