At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Sapindaceae
Latin Name: Acer rubrum
Foliage: Medium to dark green
Fall Foliage: Red
Bloom: Red to yellow
Bloom Time: March to April
Shape: Oval-rounded crown
Bark: Silver and gray
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 3 to Zone 9
Size: 40 to 70 feet
Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Native to eastern and central North America—spreading from Ontario to Newfoundland and from Florida to Texas—the Red Maple is one of the most popular and common deciduous trees in America. Its binomial classification is Acer Rubrum, and it belongs to the Sapindaseae family. True to its name, the Red Maple’s seeds, flowers, twigs, and petioles are colored various hues of red; the tree is unarguably best known for its brilliant fall foliage with gorgeous shades of scarlet and gold.

With a 4-9 hardiness rating, the Red Maple is adaptable to a wide scope of environments, enabling it to grow quickly and thrive. Due to its pleasing oval-to-rounded shape and its attractive colors, the Red Maple is a popular choice as a shade tree and ornamental tree. Particularly colorful in the autumn due to its long-lasting vibrant leaves, it also produces bright red flowers that bloom from March to April. The Red Maple favors full sun to partial shade and medium to well-drained soil, and reaches an approximate height of 40-70 ft. with a 30-50 ft. spread. Deciduous, it sheds its leaves during the winter to better reveal its soft, thin, and silvery-gray bark.

The Red Maple’s sap can be used to create high-quality maple syrup, and its wood is prized as workable lumber; the Red Maple is a soft maple, however, and the lumber and syrup industries prefer hard maples that produce stronger wood and have a longer sap season (the period when the maples can be tapped for syrup, before the buds emerge). The Red Maple has numerous cultivars, with the October Glory Maple and the Red Sunset Maple prevailing as the most popular due to their intense autumn hues. The allergic potential of the Red Maple varies greatly based on the cultivar, but its leaves (especially when wilted or dead) are toxic to horses.

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