Does well on nutritious acidic, sandy or loamy soil. Moist to wet. Tolerates floods, and can also tolerate drier locations. Sensitive to chalk.


Sun is preferred but Red Maple will tolerate a small amount of shade.

Annual Growth Rate

40-60cm when young then slowing with age.


The exceptional autumn leaf shades of Red Maple are produced best when planted in acid to neutral pH in a full sun position.

Root Structure

Shallow root system spreading mostly horizontally with many fibrous roots. Sensitive to soil and pavement compaction.


Positioning the Red Maple requires as much sun as possible. Shade is not tolerated other than a small amount during the day.

Annual Pruning

The Red Maple requires no annual pruning.


The Red Maple is a small to medium sized tree growing to approximately 12m tall. It has decorative flowers, fruits and exceptional autumn leaf colouring.

A popular deciduous maple tree with a dense, conical rounded crown best known for its early autumn leaf colour change from green to bright red.

It also has attractive winged fruits that appear before the leaves in March-April. Decorative red flowers with a subtle honey fragrance also appear before the leaves. Red Maple has a smooth, light grey bark.

Tip: To maximise the autumn colours of Red Maple it should be planted in acid to neutral pH and in a full sun position.

Price & Availability


Spring - Summer

Mature Tree


60-65cm girth 6.5m tall

70-75cm girth 7m tall

80-85cm girth 8m tall

90-100cm girth 10m tall

100+cm girth

Semi-Mature Tree


18-20cm girth 4m tall

25-30cm girth 4.5m tall

35-40cm girth 5m tall

45-50cm girth 5m tall

55-60cm girth 5.5m tall

Young Tree


10-12cm girth 2m tall

14-16cm girth 2.2m tall

16-18cm girth 2.5m tall

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