Red Sunset Maple – Acer rubrum 'Franksred'

Red Sunset Maple
Family Aceraceae – Maples

This red maple grows to 60 feet. Grows faster than Sugar but slower than silver.

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Red Sunset Maple foliage
Acer rubrum 'Franksred'

Cultural Requirements: Prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade; grows in a wide range of soil conditions; pH adaptable and drought tolerant. Franksred grows to 60 feet, with a full, rounded crown, but is more typically found in the 40-50 foot range [3]. Red maple means red: inconspicuous red flowers, reddish helicopters (samaras), red buds and red fall colors. Franksred is more consistent in its autumn garb than most other red maples. It has no serious insect or disease problems, although young trees can be susceptible to Japanese beetles where infestations are heavy. Like most maples, the root system is shallow and may buckle sidewalks and make mowing difficult.

Red Sunset Maple habit
Autumn Flame Red Maple Autumn Colors
Acer rubrum 'Autumn Flame' is typical of red maple at its finest
1. Franksred red sunset maple and autumn flame red maple photos by Bruce Marlin
2. Missouri Botanical Garden, "Acer rubrum 'Franksred' RED SUNSET"
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Family Aceraceae – Maples
The Maples are some of our most familiar and beloved trees.  Most are native to the far east: China, Japan, Korea, Manchuria. Maples produce a distinctive winged fruit called a samara, also commonly known as helicopters or whirlybirds. Tree Encyclopedia | Tree Index | Maple Index