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Our native Red Maple is one of the most commonly planted trees in the U.S. today; it gives us a pop of color on every street corner and along every country lane each fall. Beyond their beauty, these trees provide many other assets that directly support birds. Most importantly, they benefit from the rich selection of caterpillars and other insects that call Red Maple home. These protein-rich morsels are vital to the health of baby birds as they grow and develop. Many birds also eat the seeds of Red Maple, and others use its twiggy branches as a secure nesting site. A natural for the natural garden!
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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In the wild, too, Red Maple is a commonly spotted tree. In fact, it may be the most abundant tree species in all of the eastern U.S.! That wasn’t always the case. Ecologists believe that the suppression of wildfires in the East has allowed the fire-sensitive species to proliferate since pre-Colonial times. Its natural range extends from East Texas to Florida, north to Minnesota and Maine, and on up into Canada. Red Maple prefers moist regions and will even grow in swamps, though it is sometimes found on dry, rocky ground as well.
Tiny, bright red Red Maple flowers are a harbinger of spring, giving us hope that change is in the air and warmer weather is here to stay. Interestingly, the blossoms of a Red Maple Tree may be all male or all female, or there may be some of each. Even more intriguing, the gender of the flowers can change from year to year. Trees are incredible!
How to Grow
Plant Red Maple in a sunny spot in just about any type of soil (even clay). Though it prefers good drainage and average amounts of water, it will also grow in that low spot in your yard that stays a little soggy after a rain. When it is young, this tree has smooth, thin bark that is susceptible to injury, so one thing you will want to be careful about is to not damage it with string trimmers or other equipment. Red Maple is generally trouble-free, needing little pruning and rarely having any serious problems with disease or insect pests.
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Size C Trees:
10-12' tall, grown and delivered as balled & burlapped. This Maple is BIG! It is recommended a professional move and installed this size tree.
Size D Trees:
12-14' tall, grown and delivered as balled & burlapped. This Maple is HUGE! It is recommended a professional move and installed this size tree. A tree this size will look like its been growing in your landscape for years!
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