Summer Red Maple Tree

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Colorful Shade Summer Red Maple Tree

  • Great Curb Appeal
  • Three Seasons of Interest
  • Wonderful Shade Tree for Smaller Yards
  • Red Leaves in Spring
  • Incredible Autumn Leaves
  • Deer Resistant

If you have a small yard, choosing the right shade tree can be a big deal. That's especially true if you need shade quickly. While there are many options you could choose, we highly recommend Summer Red Maple Tree (Acer rubrum 'HOSR'). It's a wonderful choice.

With a dense but narrow canopy, it provides cool summer shade. It's also a tree that is fast growing but won't take over your whole landscape in terms of size.

You'll love the skinny growth habit of this stunning tree. Summer Red is one of the best compact Red Maple trees.

This pretty tree also gives you colorful foliage to enjoy in spring, summer and fall. Springtime leaves emerge burgundy red and give you a welcome visual treat after a long winter.

Next, the hard-working summer shade leaves perform a color change into dark, purplish green. They'll protect you and your family and friends from the hot summer sun.

Then in autumn, once the nights start getting chilly, the younger leaves turn beautiful orange or purple, while the older leaves turn yellow. Overall, Summer Red Maple delivers a spectacular fall color display.

Disease resistant and strong, the "right-sized" Summer Red Maple is easy to plant, and even easier to care for. Once established, you'll be impressed how quickly they grow to provide shade to your family.

Start your legacy today! Order these beautiful Maples from Nature Hills now.

How to Use Summer Red Maple in the Landscape

A classic use for Maple trees is to plant one or more on the south or southwest side of your house. You'll gain relief from the summer heat and even cut energy costs.

But, don't worry. Because this deciduous tree loses its leaves in winter, you'll still gain the warmth from the winter sun.

There are many ways to use this incredible tree. A single tree can be planted in a lawn and allowed to grow alone as a magnificent specimen. The uniform branching structure gives it an even, symmetrical profile.

A row of Summer Red Maples can be planted along a street for a wonderful display to set off the house to the neighborhood. Plant them 30 feet apart, measuring from the trunk of one to the trunk of the next.

March them along the back of your property or add them into a mixed tree border with Pines, Spruces, Birch and Oak. They'll add so much zip to your garden design plan with their gorgeous foliage.

A more novel idea is to use this water-loving plant in a Rain Garden. Best suited for the Mesic, or Middle Zone, Summer Red Maple will help hold runoff water until it can soak in the ground.

You can also use this lovely tree in a waterfront home or lake property. It will handle more water in the soil than other Maple trees.

Consider creating a large garden bed and using Summer Red Maple as a really special focal point. Add evergreen shrubs on either side. Add winter interest by including Ornamental Grasses and Red Twigged Dogwoods, or Viburnum shrubs that produce colorful berries.

Use several to create an informal grouping on the south side of a patio, climbing structure or tennis court. Your outdoor activities will be so much more fun in the shade!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Summer Red Maple tolerates urban conditions well. They have commonly been used as street trees in many municipalities. That ought to tell you something about their easy care nature!

Widely adaptable to a variety of soils, it will tolerate wetter soils better than other Maples. For very best results, give your newly planted tree regular water to establish them in your soil.

It won't need very much pruning with its rounded uniform canopy. However, if needed, dormant pruning in late winter is suggested but light pruning can be done into spring.

This beautiful tree that is easy to live with and offers multiple seasons of interest. Order today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Summer Red Maple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Acer rubrum 'HOSR'
Mature Height 35 - 40 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 25 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Red in Spring, Green in Summer
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes