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.

Size

october-glory-maple

40 to 50 feet high by 25 to 40 feet wide

Location

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