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Stunning Red Display

Red Sunset is a type of Red Maple tree with stunning color. Plant one as a focal point in your front yard, or place one in sight of a window where it can draw your eye to its brilliant fall color.

Your Red Sunset Maple is one of the very best cultivars ever for fall color! In fact, red is the dominant word when describing Red Sunset. Even the new growth leaves and twigs are tinted red before the star-shaped, glossy leaves mature.

Red buds appear amid the branches before the foliage appears and open into tight clusters of red flowers in late winter/early spring. Next,two-winged samara develop and even they initially have a reddish hue.

When fall arrives, prepare yourself for one of the most spectacular autumn displays you’ll ever witness. Your Red Sunset Maple is at its best in the fall, when it’s resplendent in brilliant shades of orange and red. Like a glowing flame amid the lesser autumn colors, Red Sunset clearly presents a superior fall display!

Red Sunset Maple is a deciduous tree growing to 60 feet in height with an equal spread. It starts off life with a pyramidal shape that quickly rounds out with age.

It’s a fast-growing tree but still has very strong wood. There are no significant disease or insect issues with Red Sunset, and it’s even moderately drought-tolerant.

This variety of Red Maple is clearly an outstanding choice for any landscape. Tall and strong with brilliant color and adorable samara (“heliocopters”),Red Sunset Maple is an obvious choice for almost any home.

* Outstanding red color
* Spring and fall display
* Fast-Growing
* Shade Tree


Plant Facts

Family Acer rubrum 'Franksred'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 40 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 35 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 3-9
Mature Form Round
Growth Rate Moderate to Fast
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Flower Color Small Red
Fall Color Red
Bloom Period Spring

Red Sunset Maple.

Rating: 4.8/5 based on 4 review(s)
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Beautiful Color - Surface Roots a Problem Review by SkiMoreSeattle
I purchased the Red Sunset Maple about 15 years ago and it is every bit as beautiful in the summer and fall as described - but - in the soil in my front yard here in Seattle, the roots grow at the surface and are everywhere in my small front yard. My front walkway has fallen victim to their growth and Im now having a landscaper trim the roots and replace the walkway with pavers so that we can more easily cope with the root problem in the future. My advice is "do not plant this tree unless you have a big yard and dont mind having huge roots at surface level". It is beautiful but it has taken over my yard and part of my neighbors. I should have purchased a Japanese Maple variety or another Acer type that does not get so big. Im sure our wet climate and mild winters contribute to the rapid growth of this tree.
Red Maples- decisions/decions Review by Jeff
I need a tree to shade the front of my house. Ive been considering the Red Maple/Red Sunset, as well as the October Glory variety. What factors might help me decide?

Thanks for your help.

<p><strong><font size=1>Answer from Nature Hills:</strong> The main difference between the 2 trees is the mature size. The October Glory is 15 to 20 feet smaller, at maturity, than the Red Sunset. The other significant difference is the Red Sunsets ability to thrive in zones 4 through 8, whereas the October Glory is recommended for zone 5 through 8. The fall color of both trees is excellent. </p></font><br>
Red Sunset Maple Review by Marty51
I live in southeast Texas near the Louisiana border and 60 miles from the gulf of mexico. I was shocked to see red fall color on my 4 foot tree for the 2nd straight year. I am going to order more of these!
Great Fall color Review by DiggerOdell
A recent addition to my garden, the Red Sunset Maple receives many compliments from neighbors because of its early and extremely red Fall display. Im glad I selected this one.
I hope that planting this tree about 40 from my home is sufficient.

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