Red Maple Hedging – Acer Rubrum


Acer rubrum, the Red Maple, is a North American native tree that is well-adapted to the British climate. Popular for its stunning fall colour, this tree can make an impactful and beautiful hedge, screen or specimen tree in a large garden.

Red Maple Hedging – Acer Rubrum

Acer rubrum, the Red Maple, is a North American native tree that is well-adapted to the British climate. Popular for its stunning fall colour, this tree can make an impactful and beautiful hedge, screen or specimen tree in a large garden.

Description and Characteristics

When cultivated for hedging, Red Maple typically reaches a height of 10-20 metres (30-65 feet), although in its native environment it can grow much taller. Its leaves are deciduous, green during the summer and transforming into shades of red and orange in the autumn, living up to its name.

Red Maple grows at a moderate to fast pace, gaining 30-60 cm (1-2 feet) per year. This tree can live up to 100 years or more if given the proper conditions.

Flowering, Fruits, and Reproduction

The Red Maple produces clusters of small red flowers in early spring, one of the earliest trees to flower. These are followed by the development of ‘samaras’, or winged seeds, which are dispersed by the wind and provide food for wildlife.

Benefits to Wildlife

The Red Maple is beneficial for a variety of wildlife. Its flowers are a source of nectar for bees and other pollinating insects in the spring, while the seeds are a food source for birds and small mammals. The dense foliage provides excellent nesting and roosting sites for birds.

Ideal for British Gardens

Red Maple thrives in full sun to part shade and prefers moist, well-drained soils, making it suitable for many British gardens. As a hedge or screen, it provides a tall, colourful and dense barrier. The autumn colour is a particularly attractive feature, adding visual interest and variety to a landscape.

Distribution in the UK

While not a native tree, the Red Maple is increasingly popular in UK gardens due to its autumn colour and wildlife benefits. It is most commonly found in parks, larger gardens and urban areas where its resistance to pollution is a benefit.

In conclusion, Acer rubrum, with its spectacular autumn colour, fast growth rate and wildlife benefits, makes a wonderful addition to a British garden. Its adaptability to various conditions and low maintenance requirements also contribute to its appeal. Whether you’re designing a wildlife-friendly garden, creating a robust hedge, or looking for a tree with fantastic autumn colour, the Red Maple is a great choice.


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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


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Stem Girth

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Foliage Type



Not Native

Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Tall Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

Costal Growing








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