Sun Valley Maple Tree

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Powerful and Hardy Sun Valley Maple Tree

  • Stunning Fall Colors
  • Seedless Variety - Reddish Male Flowers in Early Spring
  • Disease Resistant
  • Compact Upward Growth
  • Cold Hardy and Drought Tolerant
  • Excellent Form
  • Adaptable to Many Soil Conditions
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Great Shade Tree
  • Dense Green Summer Foliage

Fall is an amazing time of year. As the seasons change so do the trees as leaves begin to fall in droves in preparation for the approaching cold.

Why not appreciate the colors of the season in the comfort of your own backyard? With the purchase of the hybrid Sun Valley Maple Tree (Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley') you can do just that this autumn! Sun Valley produces a beautifully symmetrical ovate crown.

Also known as the Sun Valley Red, this tree is a relatively new male hybrid, making its National Arboretum introduction just over 2 decades ago. This showy sapling was produced by crossing the 'Red Sunset' and 'Autumn Flame' Maple trees in the 1980s.

Capable of growing dozens of feet tall, this Maple tree is known for its dense oval canopy and broad orange-red foliage later in the year. These persistent shades last for over two weeks before completely shedding for the season.

This particular Maple variety grows surprisingly fast as well. At peak health and nutrients this type of tree can sometimes grow over 2 feet a year!

In addition to high growth potential, the Sun Valley Maple Tree has the added convenience of naturally growing compact foliage. This minimizes the need for pruning and adds to the attractiveness of this fine maple variety.

This plant's creation was inspired by the rich colors and pest resistance of its crossed parents. Due to the successful hybrid cross, the Sun Valley Maple has also developed a remarkable resistance to potato leafhoppers and other similar insect varieties.

The early spring also brings flowers to the branches of the Sun Valley Maple. This deciduous tree produces male flowers ready to contribute pollen throughout the season, but you won't find any average fruit growing from your Maple tree. This male-only hybrid will have showy red flowers in the spring but will not produce the winged seeds (samaras) that can become a nuisance in your gutters and garden beds.

As with most Maples, the foliage of the Sun Valley Maple boasts broad, five-pointed leaves that fall in droves as fall starts to come to a close. Have no fear of cleanup, however, as the large size of these leaves makes for easy raking.

Add a Sun Valley Maple Tree to your yard and spruce up your fall colors. Order today from our expert growers here at Nature Hills Nursery!

How to Use Sun Valley Maple Tree in the Landscape

As previously mentioned, the Sun Valley Maple Tree's foliage grows very dense, which makes it a great potential shade tree in spring and summer. Plant it as a standalone in your front or back yard, or plant several for your own beautiful shade canopy in the years to come.

The brilliant red of this deciduous tree steals the show in autumn, but that doesn't mean it can't share the spotlight. Consider planting this Maple alongside trees whose yellow and amber foliage can accent this red and show its full potential.

Due to its compact growth and sturdy nature, this tree is a very popular pick by local government and parks and recreation services for city use. The Sun Valley Maple can be used in city parks, street and highway roadsides, and shade trees in residential areas.

This adaptable tree is useful for many different home landscape uses as well. Several Maples can be planted in tandem as an eye-catching windbreak, or scattered about as complements to the natural terrain.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Sun Valley Maple Trees aren't picky when it comes to light levels. This scarlet beauty can survive anywhere between full sun to partial shade, but you'll get the best fall color in more sun. Plant Maple trees in a well-drained location with regular moisture access during their first year.

Despite being bred for resistance, aphids, leafhoppers, and boring insects can be a danger to your Maple tree if not taken care of quickly. Certain insecticides are safe for your tree and can solve this issue, but be sure to research everything your insecticides are affecting in your area before use.

Heavy snow and ice buildup may snap off branches during the winter months. Carefully pruning your Maple tree during its dormant season can help to preemptively avoid unwanted stress.

Adaptable to many soil varieties and water levels, the Sun Valley Maple Tree is moderately drought-resistant as well. Despite this, be sure to water your Maple tree in a dry season to ensure its long-term survival. Ensure you are giving your Maple plenty of room to grow away from underground water lines, sprinklers and septic tanks as they like to spread out their roots.

For a hardy and eye-catching contribution to your yard be sure to order your own Sun Valley Maple Tree from Nature Hills! This tree can be prepared and shipped to you in just a few clicks, so order yours 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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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.

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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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Sun Valley Maple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 35 - 40 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Adaptable to Most Soils
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant