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Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset'

Red Maple / Swamp Red Maple

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Red Sunset has a very attractive habit.

Dense clusters of red flowers in early spring are a great nectar source. Cardinals, chipmunks and squirrels eat the red, winged "helicopter" fruits. The stems and twigs are reddish, the buds are red, and in fall, the leaves turn orange-red. 'Red Sunset' is one of the best cultivars available, with outstanding orange to red fall color. Swamp red maple grows faster than Norway and sugar maples, but slower than silver maple.

Benefits

  • Flowers early drawing all kinds of pollinators
  • Insect eating birds visit the tree to feed on the pollinators
  • Seeds are great food for birds and chipmunks
  • Provides cover and nest sites for all kinds of birds
  • Outstanding fall color and grows in wet soil

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic soils with good drainage but grows well in average to wet, well-drained soil. This is a big tree so give it plenty of room to reach full size.


Height
40-50 Feet

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Spread
40-50 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Woods and swamps of Eastern North America; Newfoundland to Manitoba south to Eastern Texas and Florida.

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

Swamp red maple is one of the earliest blooming trees in the northeast. The flowers provide nectar for small bees, flies and beetles, which in turn attract insect-eating birds such as kinglets, phoebes, pine warblers and others.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Wet Sun
Fall Color
Plan Sub Group
Deciduous Trees
Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Acidic
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Accent
Meadow
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin