Scientific Name: Acer rubrum 'Franksred'
Common Name: Red Sunset maple
Family Name: Sapindaceae
Origin: Canada - eastern, Garden origin, U.S. - northeast
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: 10 - 15m x 4 - 5m (height x width)
Habit: Spreading, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Fall interest, Shade tree, Street (boulevard tree)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Lobed, Opposite, Soft flexible, Palmate venation, Pubescent, Obovate, Palmately lobed, Serrate
Flowers: Flowers clustered, Red, Dark-red, Mar-Apr
Fruit: Samara, Schizocarp, Red, Brown, May-Jun
Key ID Features:
Vigorous cultivar with strong wood; leaves opposite, blades orbicular, most 8-13cm long x 6-11cm wide, with 3 major acute-tipped lobes, margins softly serrate, bases rounded, fall colour vibrant red; flowers clustered, appear before the leaves, red (hence the common name); samaras red, narrower angle compared to Norway maple. Winter ID: buds red, glabrous (terminal buds multiple, up 5mm long, lateral buds, opposite, up to 3mm long); flower buds more rounded, up to 4mm long, in clusters that circle twigs (gives the branches a bumpy look).