Red Maple

Acer rubrum Sapindaceae

Other names

Scarlet Maple, Swamp Maple

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Native to the Finger Lakes Region, Newfndl. to FL West to MN, OK & TX


Mundy Wildflower Garden, Houston and Grossman Ponds, Cornell Class of 1938 Native Maple Slope, Newman Overlook, Bald Hill and Caroline Pinnacles, Cayuta Lake, Edwards Lake Cliffs Preserve, Slaterville 600, McLean Bogs, Eames Bog, Salt Road Fen, Purvis Road Wetlands Natural Area, Ringwood Ponds, South Hill Swamp, Tarr-Young Preserve

Source of plant

Robert Mower, Schichtel's Nursery, Edgewood Nursery, Schichtel's Nursery, G & P Christmas Tree Farm & Nursery, John Ewanicki, Prides Corner Farms, Lou Anella


Pyramidal or elliptical habit in youth, develops into an irregular, ovoid or rounded crown of ascendingbranches; 40' to 60' tall (can reach 100' to 120' in the wild) with a spread less than or equal to theheight. Foliage emerges reddish tinged, ages to medium to dark green with distinct gray caste beneath; fall color varies from greenish yellow to yellow to brilliant red. Bark smooth, light gray on young wood,becoming rough, scaly, and/or ridged and furrowed on older wood.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

fall color, bark