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Red Maple, Acer rubrum, is a large, deciduous shade tree that grows 40-60 feet with a rounded, compact crown. Red Maples will display red foliage in wet natural areas year around but needs cool to cold weather in the fall to get foliage color in landscape applications. It also produces red flowers, arils (winged seeds), and new leaves through the winter making this a colorful native tree potentially producing color over a long period of time. This is a tree with common natural distribution from the everglades to Canada. There are several Florida cultivars such as 'Florida Flame'. Plant in average to wet conditions in sun or partial sun for shade, landscape color and wildlife benefit.