Fast Growing & Amazing Fall Colors
Are you looking for a shade tree? Have a small yard? The Summer Red Maple is the best small tree for you! With a narrow and dense growth structure, this Red Maple will bring fall to your landscape early in the year.
Unlike other Red Maple Trees, the Acer rubrum ‘HOSR” will bear red leaves in the Spring. In the months of summer, the foliage will turn to dark purplish green, and then once the weather cools down, the yellow and orange fall-colored foliage will reappear! Truly a site for the eyes during all four seasons.
Summer Red Maples are mostly seen in your downtown or urban areas. The fast growing maple trees tolerate urban environments and air pollution, making them an excellent choice for parks or streets. You can even add the Red Maple to a large garden bed as a focal point and to provide shade to your other plants during the hot summer months.
SUMMER RED MAPLE TREE CARE
The Summer Red Maple thrives in USDA zones 3-9. They are extremely tolerant of wet soil conditions and do not require pruning to keep a symmetrical canopy. Space your Summer Red Maple Tree 20-25 feet apart as a privacy screen, or 50 feet apart as a single specimen. If planting near a foundation or concrete, allow 20 feet of distance.
How to Plant a Red Maple Tree
Maple trees can be planted anytime except winter, but the ideal planting season for these beauties is spring or fall. First, you will need to dig a hole that is as deep as the container and 3-feet wide. Remove the sapling from the container and place it in the planting hole, making sure the soil line on the stem is even with the surrounding soil. If the root ball is buried too deep the roots may rot. We recommend using a well draining soil that is slightly acidic for best results.
Backfill the hole with the removed soil, and gently tamp the soil as you are backfilling the hole to ensure there are no air pockets. Level the soil surface and water thoroughly. Place 2-inches of organic mulch around the base of the trunk to help retain soil moisture. Straw or tree bark are good organic mulch products to use since they will add nutrients to the soil as they decompose. The Summer Red Maple is extremely fast-growing and will provide plenty of shade before you know it.
How Fast Do Red Maple Trees Grow
The Summer Red Maple tree growth rate can reach more than 24 inches per year. In perfect conditions, the maple can hit 6 feet of growth in a year! Apply our slow-release fertilizer to reach maximum growth. At full maturity, this red maple cultivar will reach 35 to 40 feet tall and 20 to 25 feet wide.
How to Prune a Red Maple Tree
Pruning a Red Maple tree is hardly needed. If you wish to prune your tree, we advise you to do it during its dormant season. During warmer times of the year, the tree sap will run free from any cuts made to the tree. You can prune off any diseased or dead branches to keep the tree in tip top shape. As always, sanitize your trimming sheers before and after use. Older leaves may turn yellow as they prepare for their deciduous season.
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Once your Summer Red 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.
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.
Growing 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 (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.
Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!
Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.
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 plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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