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American Red Maple Tree 

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Landscaping pros use this maple to give the appearance of a mature looking landscape in little time. Fiery ruby leaves stop traffic in spring; and in winter, green stems turn a bright red for continual interest. Exciting fall color is a given with this fast growing beauty.

American Red Maple Tree

Famous for its Brilliant Fall Foliage

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People love this tree for its vivid fall colors!  The Red Maple truly earns its name with its red flowers in early spring, red twigs of new growth, red fruit and spectacular red leaves in fall! It even has some interesting variability in the fall coloring, with some individuals assuming orange or even gold shades under certain weather conditions.

One of the Most Adaptable trees in North America! The Red Maple is becoming the most populous tree in the eastern U.S. because it adapts so well to so many different environments. It is quite drought tolerant, but also will grow in wet boggy areas, especially in the southern portion of its range; it grow in most any soil type, from sandy loam to heavy clay and everything in between; it even tolerates pollution and an urban environment, though leaf color is often less brilliant.

Makes a great shade tree, too! It grows to a mid-sized to large tree, and it does it rapidly, adding 2 to 3 feet of growth each year. Its dense foliage and rapid growth make it an excellent choice for a shade tree near a deck or on the south or west side of a house. Not only will it provide excellent protection from the summer sun, but it will give you a brilliant show in fall to enjoy, before dropping its leaves to let the winter sun come through.

Growing Zones: 4-9

Mature Height: 40-60 ft.
Mature Width: 25-45 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Acer rubrum
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 4-9
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It's Easy to Plant your American Red Maple Tree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Red Maple Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Red Maple Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Red Maple Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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I bought this tree followed instructions looked dead when it arrived a wk later still dead notified co see if they replace it 90.00 is a lot to get a dead tree please replace if not people don't order here
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December 31, 2012
Planted the tree last fall and this spring it did not leaf out or appear to make it , this would be the second tree that I have purchased and I followed all the directions so not sure if I will order any more from you or not. Sincerely,Robert Hanse
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My plumber says maples will find water lines, is this true?
Irene M on Feb 16, 2015
Hi, I live in N. California, Gilroy, near San Jose. How long does it take to reach maturity and how do the roots grow?
A shopper on Sep 10, 2014
SANDY on Oct 13, 2014
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I live in Colorado and my back yard gets sun at least 6 hours a day and the soil is clay and sand. Will this tree do well in this environment?
Garden Lady on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer: I don't really know. I've had my red maple about a year and a half in coastal Connecticut where it gets 6-7 hours a day and it seems to be very healthy. Don't know about your Colorado soil. My maple has not been especially fast-growing as yet, but maybe the first year is slow.
Reply · Report · gary b on Jun 2, 2014
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Do they drop seeds or shed anything besides leaves?
A shopper on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: No, the only thing you will see is leaves.
Reply · Report · Philip A on Jul 10, 2014
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I want to plant this tree in Utah zone 5 at 8500 feet. The winters are cold and there is a lot of snow. What time of year is best to plant?
Mary C on Jun 30, 2014
Best Answer: The best time to plant is in the early Spring or early fall. However if you aren't experiencing scorching summer temperatures you can go ahead and plant this tree now. This cold hardy tree can tolerate high elevations and heavy snows.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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I live in Los Angeles California and my front yard is facing the west and the temperature often gets to over 90 degree in the summer time. Besides I have never seen this kind of beautiful red large trees anywhere close to where I live. Don't know if this tree will survive in this environment?
Also if the leaves will fall in any of the season?
Margaret H on Jun 22, 2014
Best Answer: The American Red Maple will grow fine in Los Angeles and can withstand the heat. The leaves will fall as the tree goes into winter dormancy towards the end of Fall.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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Can this tree be planted in a pot?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: Yes - you absolutely can plant this tree in a pot. However, you will need to occasionally prune the tree as well as the roots while changing out the substrate in the pot every 3-4 years. I am not referring to bonsai-type maintenance, but rather container type maintenance.. Search around for the numerous videos regarding maples in a pot, both bonsai and non-bonsai styles

I purchased a 10 foot Acer Rubrum with a trunk diameter of 1.5" in a one gallon pot. I chopped 9 feet off of the tree, pruned 60% off the roots and planted it in some high quality bonsai soil. In less than 30 days the plant has grown out remarkably out of old wood... That's the trunk chop method of creating bonsai from nursery plants..
Reply · Report · Andrew on Jul 28, 2014
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So in fall will loose all leaves correct?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2014
Best Answer: Yes that's correct.
Reply · Report · Rose S on Sep 22, 2014
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how far from concrete ?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: I don't know the answer to that question. I did purchase tree and it's doing very very well. Grew about 3 feet this year. Didn't have many leaves when it arrived, but started to bloom soon after. I am very happy with this tree.
Reply · Report · Rose S on Jun 29, 2014
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How many feet per year with this tree grow?
Doug D on Jun 8, 2015
Best Answer: I haven't actually measured it, but a lot!!!! I have to say it is truly worth spending a few extra bucks for the fertilizer they sell with it. I bought 2 trees, the American Red Maple and a Ginko. Both are considered fast growing. However, I used miracle grow with the Ginko, and purchased the tree starter fertilizer from this company with tree. What a difference! The American Red Maple has been really growing & is beautiful!
Reply · Report · Lynnette F on Jun 8, 2015
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are young trees green leafed?
darlene c on Jun 2, 2015
Best Answer: Mine didn't have a lot of leaves, but it was very healthy looking when it arrived and it has done very well since!
Reply · Report · Lynnette F on Jun 8, 2015
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We are looking for a red maple a little larger than 5-6 ft. Can you help?
A shopper on Sep 17, 2014
Best Answer: yes. Whatever you do stay away from fast growing trees. Com


I got ripped off from these guys... save your money.
I had better luck frim another site, but i'm not sure that they sell trees. i woukd hace to check
Reply · Report · jose p on Sep 17, 2014
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does this tree have smooth bark ?
A shopper on Sep 16, 2014
Best Answer: At two years old it is fairly smooth. Not like an oak at all. Hope this helps
Reply · Report · Michael C on Sep 16, 2014
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Do you sell larger versions of trees with several more years of growth before planting?
Marianne on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: We usually have 5 - 6 ft trees in stock, but we don't sell trees larger than that size.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.

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