Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset®'

Red Maple

Acer rubrum 'Franksred' - Red Sunset? Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

If necessary prune when sap stops running in the midsummer.

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Considered to be one of the best and most reliable Red Maples with brilliant red to orange-red fall color.  The samaras (helicopters) have a reddish tinge too.

  • Reliable orange to red autumn color
  • Color holds longer than most other Red Maples
  • Thick foliage with dense upright branching

It makes a good shade tree, plus it is faster growing than Sugar or Norway Maples, but slower than Silver Maple.

Height: 40-50 ft
Spread: 30-40 ft
Zone: 4-7
Color: Red

Interesting Notes about Red Maple:

Red Maple is a fast-growing tree that is popular as a shade tree, but is especially desired for its rich fall color.  The tree prefers moist soils and it might be necessary to irrigate to support the general health of the tree, plus adequate water will help to achieve the best fall color.  The tree does produce fruit which are referred to as samaras (or helicopters) that mature in fall.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Naturalizing
  • Focal Point
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen
  • Low Maintenance

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Red
  • Orange


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water