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Red maple

Acer rubrum

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This tree has lobed leaves that are green on top and gray-white beneath. It turns bright red in autumn. Its form can be round to open-headed.

CareGrow in slightly acidic soil for best fall coloration.

PropagationSow seeds in container or in situ. Graft in late winter; bud in late summer.

ProblemsAphids, scale, and caterpillars. Mites can cause leaf spot gall in several species. Fungal leaf spots and root rots are common.

  • Genus : Acer
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
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