The swamp or red maple is a beautiful deciduous tree that is often planted as an ornamental. It ranges from medium to large in stature with notable variation in size and form depending on its site. While this tree may attain a height of 120 ft in diameter under ideal conditions, it more commonly grows 40-50 in height with diameters of 1.5-2.5 ft.
Light: Full sun to partial shade. In nature the red maple is often a pioneer, occupying open sites but it will tolerate a fair amount of shade and can survive under the shade of larger trees.
Moisture: Tolerant of both extremely wet and extremely dry soils.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-9. Crossing many hardiness zones this is a very versatile tree for landscaping.
This beautiful maple is suitable for use as a shade tree and makes a very ornamental specimen with the added bonus of fall color.