Ruby Frost Red Maple
Acer rubrum 'Polara'
Acer rubrum 'Ruby Frost'
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Height: 45 feet
Spread: 40 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3b
Other Names: Swamp Maple, Scarlet Maple
A very attractive shade tree that turns brilliant red in fall; slightly hardier and more tolerant of drought than the species, more consistently oval form as well; intolerant of alkaline soils; makes a great accent tree
Ruby Frost Red Maple has green foliage which emerges red in spring. The lobed leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features showy red flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. It produces red samaras in late spring. The furrowed silver bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Ruby Frost Red Maple is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
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.
Ruby Frost Red Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Ruby Frost Red Maple will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. 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.
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