Category: Deciduous Trees
Facts about Red Sunset Maple Tree, "Scientific name for Red Sunset Maple Tree is Acer rubrum". Being a deciduous tree, the red sunset maple tree has an oval crown. The tiny red flowers blooming in this plant towards early March are the indication of upcoming spring. The flowers last for about four weeks (more in certain varieties), before the leaves start to develop. The emerging leaves are green and they form a lovely scene with the contrasting bright red flowers. Even the Red Sunset Maple Tree’s stems, buds and twigs are red. The leaves turn to orange in autumn and again to red. This is where the tree gets its name.
Size and Geography of Red Sunset Maple Tree
The red sunset maple trees usually grow up to 40 to 60 feet (18.28 meters) of height, on an average of two feet (.60 meter) per year. Red Sunset Maple Tree grows slower than the Silver Maple, but faster than sugar and Norway maple. It is mostly found in dry and high areas (Southern America) and in low plains (North America).
Advantages of Red Sunset Maple
The Red Sunset Maple Tree is extremely drought resistant which is its the best advantage than the other maples. It gives excellent fall color as well. It is the first maple to bloom and hence, seeks primary attention of almost all kinds of pollinators. The Red Sunset Maple Tree also provides shelter as a nesting site to a number of bird types.
The Red Sunset Maple Tree show best growth in full sun. These trees are drought resistant only after they are established in their final location after being transplanted from the nursery. However, if they are planted in wet soil conditions, they show better growth and foliage. Due to this reason the Red Sunset Maple Tree are also called as Swamp Maples. They may need pruning during fall because they are almost dormant during this time of the year. If possible, it is recommended to prune the Red Sunset Maple Tree in summer too, when the leaves are matured.
Bark of the Red Sunset Maple Tree protects it from the elements and is made up of dead cells.
Red Sunset Maple Tree roots usually grow two to three times the width of the tree branches. The ideal time to fertilize your Tree is in late fall or early spring. If you want to transplant a Red Sunset Maple Tree do it in fall, this is ideal for most trees.
Red Sunset Maple Tree growth is referred to as Meristem (The undifferentiated embryonic plant tissue from which new cells are created, as that at the tip of a root or stem). This tissue can be found at the tips of shoots and leaves. Inside the stem growth in thickness occurs at the vascular cambium.
Red Sunset Maple Trees make their own food from sunlight, carbon dioxide, water, and nutrients from the soil.
The Red Sunset Maple Tree is prone to several pests such as aphids and caterpillars. Organic and inorganic should be applied in safe proportion to get rid of them. Leaves might get black or brown circular patches due to fungal or bacterial infections. Sprays are the best way to gain control over such microorganisms.
A Full grown Red Sunset Maple Tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds (21.77 kg) of carbon dioxide a year. The same Red Sunset Maple Tree could also produce enough oxygen in a day for two people. In a single day, a large Red Sunset Maple Tree can drink up to 100 gallons (378.5 liter) of water from the ground and discharge it into the air.
You can tell a Red Sunset Maple Trees age by the number of growth rings. Growth rings size shows what kind of conditions accrued that year, the temperature and if it was a dry or wet year.