The red maple is a great choice for a fast growing, beautiful fall color shade tree. Most often, the undesirable silver maple is what is found in the landscape which many (including the city of Atlanta) consider to be a “trash tree.” Instead, the red maple provides stronger limb joints, better form and prettier color.  Additionally, its roots are not typically invasive and below the ground surface.



40 to 50 feet high by 25 to 40 feet wide


Full or partial sun with room to grow.

Top Reasons to Plant

  • Fast growing
  • Low risk of disease and insects
  • Red blooms in spring and bright red foliage in fall
  • Tolerates wet soil