SelecTree: Tree Detail
RED SUNSET MAPLE
Acer rubrum 'Franksred'
Photo Locations: Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT and Longwood Gardens - Kennette Square, PA
Likes moist but well drained, acidic soils. One of the best red maple cultivars with splendid red to orange fall color. Tolerates wet soil and air pollution.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 45 - 50 feet.
Width: 30 - 40 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Palmate, Medium Green, Red or Orange, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Red. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Red Winged Seed, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Dark Gray, Exfoliating or Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 9 and 14 - 17.
USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist but Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Leafhoppers can cause issues, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as High.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Lawn and Park Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Tree Record." 1995-2018. Nov 15, 2018.
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