SelecTree: Tree Detail
RED SUNSET RED MAPLE
Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset'
Photo Locations: Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR, Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA.
Provide good drainage in clay soil.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.
Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 45 - 50 feet.
Width: 25 - 40 feet.
Growth Rate: 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 4 - 8.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Wet to Moist 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 Aphids, Beetle Borers and Scales, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset' Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 20, 2018.
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