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Tree of the Month: Redpointe Maple

By Leonard Phillips, ASLA Emeritus

This month’s Tree of the Month is Redpoint Maple. It features mid-green to dark green summer foliage, becoming bright red in autumn. It is an excellent street tree in northern locations. Additional details are as follows:


Trade Name: Redpointe® Maple

Botanical Name: Acer rubrum ‘Frank Jr.’

Plant Patent: #16769

Parentage: Selection by Harold Pellett in Minnesota

Redpointe Maple fc tree 09

Photos provided by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Family: Aceraceae

Introduction: 2008 by J. Frank Schmidt & Son, Co.

Hardiness Zone*: 3 – 9, selected for excellent cold hardiness

Height: 35 to 45 feet

Spread: 15 to 30 feet

Growth Rate: Medium to fast, 20 feet in 10 years

Form: Narrow, oval

Bloom Period: Before leaves in March and April

Flower: Red clusters, small flowers

Fruit: Seedless

Spring Color: Reddish

Summer Foliage: Mid-green becoming dark green in summer

Autumn Foliage: Bright red color in early autumn

Winter Interest: Bark provides winter interest

Bark: Smooth, grayish-brown bark becomes furrowed with age

Habitat: Grows well throughout the United States

Culture: Prefers well drained and slightly acid soil, full sun, tolerant of heavily polluted air

Pest Problems: Leaf hoppers

Storm Resistance: Good to excellent

Salt Tolerance: Fair

Planting: Transplant bare root, B&B, or by container

Propagating: Softwood cuttings

Design Uses: Excellent street tree in northern locations

Companions: Use with perennial groundcovers

Other Comments: Excellent tree for city streets

Available From: Most large retail nurseries.


* For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html

These are the personal observations of the author, living in New England — Zone 6. Leonard Phillips can be reached via e-mail at lenphillips@on-line-seminars.com.


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