At a Glance
Latin Name: Acer rubrum
Other common names: Red Maple, soft maple, swamp maple
Mature Height: 75-80 ft. but can be over 100′ tall under right conditions.
Soil / Climate: Red Maple is one of the most common and widespread deciduous trees of eastern North America and is adaptable to a very wide range of soil conditions.
Notes: Autumn Foliage varies from greenish yellow to vibrant scarlet to burgundy and often one of the first trees to color. Used as a shade tree.
It is used commercially on a small scale for maple syrup production as well as for its medium to high quality lumber. The twigs of the red maple are reddish in color.
Wildlife: The red maple is a used as a food source by several forms of wildlife.
Elk and white-tailed deer in particular use it as an important source of winter food.
Transplant Purchase Size: 2-3 ft.
USDA NRCS Species Information: