Armstrong Red Maple Tree
Armstrong Red Maple Leaf
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Armstrong Red Maple Tree
Armstrong Red Maple Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Spacing: 15-25'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Armstrong Red Maple

Acer rubrum 'Armstrong'

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Armstrong Red Maple is a majestic, fast-growing shade tree that gives the impression of strength and quiet confidence with its tall, columnar, stand-at-attention habit. On breezy days, it shows a playful side too as its long-stemmed leaves flutter in the wind, flashing their silvery undersides. We are such big fans of this noble native Maple tree at Bower & Branch™ that the founder even planted three of them at his own home! Whether used as a single bold specimen or lined elegantly along your street, driveway, or property border, this low-maintenance tree will give your landscape structure all year long. Armstrong's fall color ranges from peachy-gold to a delightful mix of deep red, orange, and yellow.


Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Spacing: 15-25'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Armstrong is a selection of our native Red Maple, which grows wild throughout most of the Eastern U.S.  Some say it has some Silver Maple blood in it, too (Silver Maple is another native that hybridizes readily with Red Maple).  This sleek columnar form was discovered by Newton Armstrong of Windsor, Ohio (near Cleveland) in 1947.  There’s also an ‘Armstrong II’ floating around, named in 1960, which was supposed to have brighter fall color than the original.  It’s now believed that ‘Armstrong’ and ‘Armstrong II’ are the same tree.

The Details

Don't just get strong, get Armstrong! This fast growing columnar red maple is sure to brighten up any garden: small or large! Beautiful silver-gray bark is topped with green foliage throughout spring and summer but changes to shades of red, orange and yellow in fall. Tolerates heat well too!

How to Grow

Red Maples are one of those trees that you plant and don’t worry about afterwards. In other words – it’s easy to grow! These fast-growing Maples like soaking up sunshine so be sure to plant it in sunny location. Red Maples also do fairly well in most soil conditions as long as the soil has good drainage. Once established, your tree will be more tolerant of wet soil conditions. For the first 3 or 4 years that your Red Maple graces your garden, give it a low rate fertilizer about once a year in the fall to help it produce healthy new growth for the following spring season. Red Maples don’t need a lot of attention when it comes to pruning. Red Maples don’t have any major pest or disease problems, which is wonderful. One slight inconvenience you might encounter is their surface roots. These surface roots make it difficult for anything to grow underneath them – grass or plants (a great spot for a sitting area if you ask me). If you can overcome this minor detail, you got yourself a beautiful shade tree with gorgeous red fall color!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 50'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-25'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Orange/Yellow
Flower Color Red
Flower Time Late Winter/Early Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: C

Size C

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Size C Trees:

10-12' Tall. Large Balled and Burlapped tree, this tree is already several years old and will jumpstart your landscape to new heights.

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Armstrong Red Maple Tree
Armstrong Red Maple Leaf
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