Maryland Native Plants for Fall Interest

Acer rubrum– Red Maple



Red Maple


The red maple is a beautiful tree for fall interest. This is a medium-sized deciduous tree with rich red foliage in the fall.  In the late winter to early spring it produces showy red blooms.   Also notable for its reddish stems and twigs.  It grows well in well-drained and wet soil. It can tolerate full sun to part shade exposure and is cold hardy. Red maple is great for use as a specimen tree, shade tree or street tree. It also works well in a rain garden.

LGS Notes:

Acer rubrum is such a ubiquitous tree in the natural landscape here in North America, so I love to see folks incorporate it into managed spaces as well.  It’s tolerant of so many conditions and the fall foliage color never disappoints! There are many cultivars on the market today too, which means that even those with smaller yards can enjoy this beautiful tree! –Amy

We have a mature Red Maple that provides wonderful shade to the front of our house in the summer. The red flower clusters that emerge in late March/early April are a welcome burst of color after the long winter, and one of my favorite first signs of spring! –Jessica

Scientific Name: Acer rubrum
Common Name: red maple
Type: Tree
Family: Sapindaceae
Native Range: Eastern and central North America
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 40.00 to 70.00 feet
Spread: 30.00 to 50.00 feet
Bloom Time: March to April
Bloom Description: Red, sometimes yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Shade Tree, Street Tree, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Tolerate: Wet Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution
Information from Missouri Botanical Gardens
Blog Author: Chrissie M.