Red Sunset® Maple
Scientific name: Acer rubrum ‘Franksred’
Red Sunset® Maple is a medium to large, fast-growing, deciduous tree. With a pyramidal to rounded shape, this tree grows to a height of 40-50 ft and a width of 35-40 ft. This tree is a cultivar of red maple, a native tree that is abundant and widespread in eastern North America. Tiny red flowers appear in early spring. The fruit are bright red, winged seeds or samaras that emerge in early summer; the samaras fade to brown before falling to the ground. The fruits are popular with squirrels and birds. Glossy, dark green leaves turn brilliant bright red and orange colors in the fall. Winter buds and leaf stems are also reddish in color. A wonderful shade or specimen tree, Red Sunset® Maple is drought-tolerant, needs full sun to part shade, and grows in plant hardiness zones 4-8.