leaves of a red sunset maple tree are shiny green on top and
pale green beneath in the spring and summer seasons. They
typically have three to five lobes, and are up to six inches
in diameter. The flowers are small and red, appearing in dense
clusters during mid spring. Red fruit replaces the flowers
in mid summer. Red sunset maple trees also have reddish stems
and twigs, which provide a good deal of winter interest once
all the foliage has fallen.
sunset maple trees are relatively fast growers, and can grow
up to two feet per year until maximum height has been reached.
The sap of a red sunset maple tree can be used to make sugar,
but this is of a lesser quality than that made by sugar maple
trees. In the fall, the foliage of red sunset maple trees
turns a beautiful crimson orange, and is one of the most beautiful
trees during this time.
sunset maple trees prefer full sun, but will also grow in
full shade. They are widely adaptable in the soils in which
they grow. Hardy in zones three through eight, they make excellent
additions to any landscape or home garden. Red sunset maple
trees are highly ornamental, especially during the flowering
period and in the fall months, but have lovely color year