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Sun Valley Red Maple

Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley'

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Sun Valley Red Maple (Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Sun Valley Red Maple in fall

Sun Valley Red Maple in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sun Valley Red Maple (Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Sun Valley Red Maple

Sun Valley Red Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sun Valley Red Maple (Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Sun Valley Red Maple in fall

Sun Valley Red Maple in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  35 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Swamp Maple, Scarlet Maple

Description:

A showy fall-coloring accent tree for the home landscape, featuring an upright oval habit of growth, attractive red flowers in early spring, and brilliant red foliage in fall, more upright than the species; intolerant of alkaline soils

Ornamental Features

Sun Valley Red Maple features showy clusters of red flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has green foliage which emerges red in spring. The lobed leaves turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. It produces red samaras in late spring. The furrowed silver bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Sun Valley Red Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sun Valley Red Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Sun Valley Red Maple will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 35 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features

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