Summer Red Maple – Acer Rubrum Summer Red


: Acer rubrum ‘Summer Red’ is a cultivar of Red Maple known for its vibrant red foliage during the summer season.

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Summer Red Maple, scientifically known as Acer rubrum ‘Summer Red,’ is a cultivar of the native North American Red Maple tree. It is recognized for its exceptional red foliage during the summer months. Summer Red Maple is a medium to large-sized deciduous tree that typically reaches a height of 40 to 60 feet (12 to 18 meters) with a similar spread. It has an upright, rounded crown and a dense branching structure. The leaves of Summer Red Maple are medium-sized and palmate, consisting of three to five lobes with serrated edges. What sets this cultivar apart is its vibrant red foliage throughout the summer season, making it a standout tree in any landscape.
The foliage of Summer Red Maple is the prize feature of this cultivar. During the summer, the leaves emerge with a deep green colour, gradually transitioning to vibrant shades of red as the season progresses. The intense red coloration of the leaves sets it apart from other Red Maple cultivars, making it an excellent choice for adding visual interest and a pop of colour to the landscape during the warmer months.
Summer Red Maple is adaptable to a variety of environmental conditions. This cultivar is versatile when it comes to soil adaptability and can tolerate different soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. It grows best in full sun to partial shade but can tolerate some shade as well.
Summer Red Maple is highly valued for its ornamental value, primarily due to its vibrant red foliage. It serves as an attractive shade tree and is commonly planted in landscapes, parks, and along streets. The striking summer foliage adds visual interest and creates a focal point in the landscape. Summer Red Maple can be used as a standalone specimen tree or in group plantings to create a vibrant and colourful display.
Summer Red Maple has moderate maintenance requirements. It benefits from regular watering, particularly during dry periods, to ensure optimal growth and foliage health. Mulching around the base of the tree helps retain soil moisture and control weed growth. Pruning is typically minimal and involves removing dead, damaged, or crossing branches. Regular inspections for common pests and diseases, such as aphids or leaf spot, are recommended to address any issues promptly.


Full Standard, Half Standard, Boxhead, Espalier, Feathered, Mini Standard, Multistem, Pleached, Umbrella


15-30cm, 30-50cm, 50-70cm, 70-90cm, 90-110cm, 110-130cm, 130-150cm, 150-170cm, 170-200cm, 200-230cm, 230-250cm, 250-270cm, 270-300cm, 300-350cm, 350-400cm, 400-450cm, 450-500cm, 500-600cm, 600-700cm, 700-800cm, 800-900cm, 900-1000cm

Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-55cm, 55-60cm, N/A

Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root

Foliage Type



Non Native

Growth Height

Tall Growing

Growth Speed

Fast Growth






No Berries


Without Thornes


Mildly Toxic

Drought Tolerance


Sun Preference

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Colourful Foliage


Leaf Size


Natural Growth Style




Hard Wood Cutback?


Soil Type?

Clay-Heavy, Sandy-Well Draining, Grows in most soil types

Natural Shape



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