Brandywine Maple Tree

Reddish Purple Foliage creates a dramatic display during the fall season

The Brandywine maple tree is a very attractive maple that has a neat appearance and is an effective choice for a lawn specimen, patio or shade tree.  This autumn beauty is a brilliant medium-sized maple tree that is guaranteed to brighten up any landscape with its lush, red-purple foliage!

The Brandywine tree is a male selection so it can be planted without fear of numerous weedy seedling germinating after it’s flower in early spring.  The tree also exhibits significant tolerance to leaf hopper, a potential pest of landscape red maples.

The United States National Arboretum developed Maple acer rubrum when crossing October Glory maple with Autumn Flame maple.

Brandywine Maple Tree Care

The Brandywine Maple Tree roots tolerate most soil conditions, with light to moderate moisture, and is quite dependable once established. Water young trees well the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. 

The maple tree’s brilliant red fall color is more intense and consistent from year to year than other species. The red color will appear in late autumn and last until late winter when the leaves fall off. It is a deciduous tree.

Acer rubrum Brandywine prefers full sun but can tolerate some light partial shade depending on the planting site. Grows best across the United States in USDA plant hardiness zones 4-8.

How Fast Do Maple Trees Grow

Brandywine red maple tree growth is fast and can grow to be 25 to 35 feet tall and 15 to 25 feet wide at full maturity. The Brandywine maple growth rate is up to 3 feet per year. The best time to plant a maple tree is in early spring or early fall.

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Botanical Name

Acer rubrum 'Brandywine'

Sunlight Full Sun
Foliage Color Green, Red-purple
Mature Height 25-35 ft
Mature Width 15-25 ft
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Shade Tree
  • Fall color
  • Fast growing
  • Pest resistant

Shipping Info

Once your Brandywine Maple Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Brandywine Maple prefers full sun or partial shade. They prefer steadily moist but not soggy soil that is neutral to slightly acidic. Regular watering is especially important until established. A planting site should be chosen that offers reasonable clearance from driveways and sidewalks.

Although the Brandywine Maple’s root system is not particularly invasive, their roots develop near the surface and can be damaging to stationary structures. Occasional pruning is beneficial to promote a strong, balanced structure. Any dead or damaged branches should be removed at their base. Pruning timing is important for any Maple tree and should only be performed in mid to late summer, with July and August being ideal in most climates.

It is most ideal to plant these trees in the fall or winter, during their dormant period of increased root growth.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Brandywine Maple, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

4 reviews for Brandywine Maple Tree

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  1. Sonya Triffo

    Hard to find tree. Thank you! So happy with the tree and the customer service.

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  2. Terry

    Blown away by the quality of the tree we received. Exceptional customer service and shipping experience!

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  3. Alex (verified owner)

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    Tree looked great upon arrival and is taking to my yard pretty well.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Alex, thank you for your review of the Brandywine Maple tree. We are glad it arrived safe and sound and is establishing nicely. Enjoy!

  4. wayne gray (verified owner)

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    tree looked heathy. shipped very timely

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Wayne, thank you for reviewing our Brandywine Maple Tree! We are glad you love it :)

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