Brandywine Red Maple
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The Brandywine Red Maple is the perfect medium-sized shade tree—big enough to give you a nice shady space for picnicking or lounging under on a hot summer day, but not so huge that it will cast your whole yard in darkness. This moderately fast-growing tree will bring a polished look to your landscape with its neat, oval canopy and dense, glossy foliage. In fall, it will wow you when the leaves turn a glorious burgundy-red color. Brandywine is not only a handsome tree but an adaptable one, and is at home on city streets, in the country, and everywhere in between.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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Red Maple is a familiar and colorful part of the native landscape throughout much of the eastern U.S. Brandywine, a special selection of Red Maple, was developed by Dr. Alden “Denny” Townsend of the USDA. Dr. Townsend is best known for his work in discovering American Elms resistant to the dreaded Dutch Elm disease, but he introduced some other fine trees as well. He produced this Maple by crossing the brilliant October Glory Red Maple with Autumn Flame Maple, hoping to get a tree with foliage that was radiant in fall and also resistant to leafhoppers, a pesky insect that causes stippling of the leaves. It was a rousing success!
Red Maple Trees usually have only male or female flowers. Brandywine Red Maple is a male, which is a good thing if weedy seedlings would be a hassle in your planting bed. No messy “helicopter” seeds or seedlings popping up with this dude.
How to Grow
Plant Brandywine 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, Brandywine 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. This tree is generally trouble-free, needing little pruning and rarely having any serious problems with disease or insect pests.
Questions & Answers
Q: The Brandywine Maple we received and planted in April is displaying signs of a disease - what can we do?
A: Thank you for contacting the Growers at Bower & Branch - and for the photos, they were very helpful!
Your Tree looks very healthy and vibrant - what you are seeing is leaf spot. A naturally occurring disease that is not serious or threatening to the health of the Tree. This is most common during cooler Spring conditions and persistent rain.
Our recommendations are to hold off on watering at this time, just as long as the rain continues regularly like this. Check back with us in 2-3 weeks to see if it is okay to begin watering again.
You can expect regular occurring leaf imperfections each year; as your Tree matures, these will become less and less noticeable as more foliage is added. Only strong and regimented fungicide applications may help to reduce or avoid leaf spots, however, these are not recommended by the Bower & Branch Growers; nor is it required for the Tree's success and health.
Overall, we are very pleased with how vibrant your Tree looks at this time - keep up the good work!
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Size B Trees:
8-10' tall Shipped in our #15 tree container with a stem caliper around 1.5”. This fast growing tree has been well pruned for proper structure and form.
Size C Trees:
10-12' tall Grown in our #25 tree container with a 2-2.5" caliper. This tree is ready to make an impact immediately.
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