Acer rubrum

Growing Information

Plant Type: Tree
Sunlight: Sun
Soils: Moist to average to dry
Bloom Time: April
Size: Tall

Considered a keystone species because of its value to a diverse number of insect and animal species. Red maple is known for its beautiful fall color. It can tolerate a wide range of soils, variable pH and even pollution, and therefore should be considered for use as a street tree, parks, and in rain gardens.

Garden Companions

Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa); American Hazelnut (Corylus americana); Anise-scented Goldenrod (Solidago odoro); New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae); Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)

Nature Benefits

• Host for over 275 species of moth and butterfly caterpillars.
• Spring flowers offer nectar and pollen for a variety of insects.
• Seeds provide food for both birds and mammals.

Native Habitat

Occurs in lowlands and wetlands but can also be found in hardwood forests.

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