Pollinator value: High. Red Maple is considered a Keystone Species because it is larval host to to more than 300-plus moth species. That makes Red Maple a favorite tree for birds.
Red Maple is one of the earliest trees to bloom in spring and therefore a key source of early pollen for bees.
A classic shade tree, Red Maple has a beautiful rounded crown and fall foliage ranging from bright yellow to brilliant red.
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- Latin: Acer rubrum
- Mature height: 35-60 feet; 20-40 foot spread
- Light: Full sun to part shade
- Soil: Medium to wet
- Bloom: Small, red clusters; among the earliest to bloom in spring
- Fruit: Red-tinged, spring, two-winged samara
- Foliage: Variable fall, often brilliant red
- Landscape: Specimen, moist areas
- Resistance: Wet, black walnut
- Fun fact: The largest Red Maple is listed in the National Register of Big Trees as being 141 feet tall ~ Arborday Foundation.
- More information and native range here