MAPLE - RED SUNSET (Acer rubrum)


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MAPLE - RED SUNSET (Acer rubrum)


Red Sunset' has strong wood and is a vigorous, fast-grower, reaching a height of 50 feet with a spread of 25 to 35 feet. This tree is preferred over Red Maple or Silver Maple when a fast-growing maple is needed, and will take on a pyramidal or oval silhouette. The newly emerging red flowers and fruits (whirly-birds) signal that spring has come.  The seeds of `Red Sunset' Red Maple are quite popular with squirrels and birds. The outstanding ornamental characteristic of `Red Sunset' red maple is the brilliant orange to red fall color lasting several weeks. `Red Sunset' red maple is often one of the first trees to color up in autumn, and it puts on one of the most brilliant displays of any tree. `Red Sunset' will color-up before `October Glory'.  Although like other Red Maples there is occasional bark splitting on the southwest side of the trunk during the winter. The tree makes the best growth in wet or moist places and has no particular soil texture preference  The tree grows rapidly and has a dense canopy in the sun but opens up in partial shade. Roots do not often raise sidewalks as Silver Maples do because of a slower growth rate and less aggressive root system.




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