Summer Red Maple Tree Color Summer Red Maple in Fall
Summer Red Maple Tree Color Summer Red Maple in Fall

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Summer Red Maple

Acer rubrum 'HOSR'

Summer Red Maple is a fast growing and adaptable tree known for its bright red fall foliage. This shade tree grows best in slightly acidic soil conditions and full sun to partial shade. Over time, this tree can reach heights over 40 feet.

Growzone: 3-9

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Summer Red Maple Trees are an improved hybrid Red Maple trees with brilliant, burgundy Red Leaves in the spring that mature to dark purple-green color in the summer. The older leaves turn yellow in the fall, and the younger ones turn orange and purple, giving this tree a tri-color effect. Summer Red Maple has a uniform branching habit and a rapid growth rate making this a fast-growing shade tree. This shade tree thrives in warm climates extending well into the deep south and west; will tolerate wet areas with well-draining soil.

Summer Red Maple is highly sought after by landscapers for its vibrant color and ability to adapt to various soil conditions and light. Red Maple trees are low-maintenance and look brilliant when planted along pathways and streets. It's the ability to resist pests and diseases that make it an excellent choice for those new to gardening and landscaping.

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Growing Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 35 to 40 feet
Mature Width: 20 to 25 feet
Classification: Broad leaved deciduous tree, shade tree
Sunlight: Full sun
Habit: Upright
Foliage: Dark greenish red, brilliant orange to reddish in fall
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Pruning Season: No pruning needed
Soil Condition Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Tolerates moist soil and full sun. Full sun brings out the best fall color. Will adapt to drier sites
This Plants Growzone: 3-9 Summer Red Maple Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Summer Red Maple

Once you buy an Summer Red Maple tree, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How do I water Summer Maple Trees?

How do I water Summer Maple Trees?

After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost, give the Summer Red Maple Trees a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water Summer Red Maple Trees using the counting method for the first few weeks.

How do I mulch a Summer Red Maple Trees?

How do I mulch a Summer Red Maple Trees?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Summer Maple Trees with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.

How do I fertilize Summer Red Maple Trees?

How do I fertilize Summer Red Maple Trees?

Summer Red Maple Trees grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the early spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as Espoma Tree-tone. Fertilize Summer Red Maple Trees again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect.

How do I prune Summer Red Maple Trees?

How do I prune Summer Red Maple Trees?

The most important reason for pruning tree is to improve the overall health of the plant which in turn will reward you with an abundance of shades. Many times, Maple Trees that have not been pruned in a few years will develop dead or degenerative twigs. Removing the dead and dying limbs will minimize the possibility of diseases such as “dieback” and will also allow the plant to re-concentrate its energies and produce flowers. It is important to always use sharp tools when pruning Summer Red Maple Trees or any plant for that matter. Pruning large Autumn Blaze Maple Trees that are well established will enable the plant to have continued vigor, and lead to many more years of supplying beauty to the landscape. Remember once your Summer Red Maple Trees become large and mature it may be best to let a professional arborist do the pruning.


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