RED SUNSET maples can reach a mature height of 45 feet and a spread of 35 feet. In early spring before the leaves emerge, tiny red flowers cover the canopy of the tree, a wonderful sight against a blue sky. The samaras, or winged seeds, turn bright red in early summer and then fade to brown and fall to the ground. Foliage starts as a glossy, dark green turning to bright reds and oranges in the fall.
Red maples are beautiful, but they do not tolerate dry clay soils, where the leaves may become chlorotic, yellowing from an inability to uptake manganese from the soil. It is a wonderful specimen tree or shade tree.