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Red Sunset® Maple

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Gorgeous in every season. This tree looks great all year-round, producing small, red-and-yellow flowers in spring, medium-to-dark green leaves in summer, and spectacular, fire-engine red foliage in autumn. Offers an impressive spread of shade. Matures to be 50' tall in full sun. Introduced in 1966. Cold-hardy.


Bloom Color Red, Yellow
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 45 - 50' tall x 35 - 40' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 35 - 40' apart to ensure room for growth.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow shade trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Looking for a curb appeal plant for the frint of the house
Benis A on Jun 28, 2020
I thought it would be a visual difference in the area.
Michael J on May 30, 2020
Looking for a curb appeal plant for the frint of the house
Benis A on Jun 28, 2020
I saw a picture that was so breathtaking I wanted one and some to share
Pamela B on Jun 9, 2020
I thought it would be a visual difference in the area.
Michael J on May 30, 2020
Thought it would be a different landscape addition
James T on May 10, 2020
Love the Looks at Fall and Great for my area/Home.
THanks !
Andrew R on May 7, 2020
Confident about Maple Tree. Stark seems to be a reliable source. Investing for the longer term. Planting a tree under which I will not be around to enjoy sitting in it's
John M on May 5, 2020
One of my favorite trees and I want my grandchildren to have a climbing tree in the front yard
Heidi P on Apr 13, 2020
red fall foliage and shade in the summer.
Lance L on Apr 6, 2020
I love maples and it said it would grow where it is cold.
RONALD H on Mar 28, 2020
for the shade and October colors
juan c on Mar 22, 2020
Beautiful fall color and good landscape tree.
Andrew H on Feb 17, 2020
Color and heat resistant
James P on Oct 21, 2019
Beautiful color in the fall.
Lanalee L on May 23, 2019
I live in the woods but I only have one tree with red leaves in the fall, so I bought four of these to boost the fall spectacle!
Susan M on May 16, 2019
grows near black walnut, provides color
Suzanne M on Apr 25, 2019
Looking to add a little color to our yard.
Michael E on Apr 21, 2019
I have always wanted a Red Maple Tree
KARYN M on Apr 20, 2019
Love the color!!!
Nikki A on Nov 5, 2018
The fall color
Everett C on Oct 25, 2018
I love the color in the fall
loyd f on Mar 31, 2017
Wanted a maple that did not produce a large volume of seeds. I understand this variety will fit that description.
David B on Jan 16, 2017
I love the color of maple trees. We have a lot of deer and they don't seem to touch any of our other maple trees. We don't have this variety of maple and wanted to try it.
Annette S on Nov 4, 2016
Wanted a shade tree that is also pretty,but does not get over 50' tall.
b e on Aug 25, 2016
Color for corner of property
Reynaldo S on Aug 24, 2016
because it is pretty
jeremy b on May 7, 2016
For fall color
Kenneth Q on Apr 11, 2016
I saw a picture that was so breathtaking I wanted one and some to share
Pamela B on Jun 9, 2020
Thought it would be a different landscape addition
James T on May 10, 2020
How fast do these grow so that they provide shade for the side of a house?
Anderson-Fisk L on Apr 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, I was thinking of the wrong tree. These Red Sunsets do not grow fast. A foot or 2 a year max. They are beautiful though.
How long does it take for maple trees to mature?
Tina P on Sep 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Much will depend on the amount of sun, food and water it receives, how much stress the tree may be under from the weather, pests/disease or lack of nutrients. That said, on average, a red maple should add 1-2 of height per year, meaning it will reach its full height somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years or so.
Does this tree produce the "helicopter" seed pods?
Jim K on Apr 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Red Sunset® Maple that Stark Bro’s sells is monoecious as it produces small red and yellow flowers in spring, medium-to-dark green leaves in summer, and spectacular fire-engine red foliage in autumn. The male flower is the yellowish flower. This tree will indeed produce two-winged samaras (helicopter seed pods).
Red Maples. Are the roots deep underground or near and showing at ground level?
Gerald E on May 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The similar type tree I have is still pretty young, but the roots were low from the start and remain so. I have an older maple and haven't noticed any top soil level root visibility.
acer rubrum?
Dean D on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you're asking if Red Sunset is an acer rubrum, yes it is. Red Sunset and October Glory are both excellent cultivars, especially in southern zones.
Can these maples be tapped for syrup?
Steven on Nov 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Many people mistakenly believe that only sugar maples can produce syrup; not so. Red maples can, too. They have a little less sugar content. but have a slightly nutty flavor and a rich, dark color.
Does the Red
Sunset maple tree produce syrup?
SHARON E on Apr 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It does, but not as much and not as sweet as a sugar maple.
Barbara k on Oct 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: My tree is 4 yrs old and it pretty much goes to pinkish-red and then turns deeper red b4 the leaves fall.
How fast do these Red Sunset maple trees grow?
Charles C on Sep 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine has doubled in size since spring 2017. If deer are around I suggest you
Fence off to protect from deer. They like the buds.
Does this tree have the helicopter whirligigs?
Trent P on May 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This will be the second year since we have planted the tree and no leaves yet. So I’m not sure if it will or not
are these trees deer resistant?
Bob P on Sep 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No they are not . They tend to eat the new growth . I use a 6 ft fence in closers to help utility trees are big enough . Rodents and rabbits will chew on bark if there not protected.
My tree appeared damaged on delivery and is definitely dead now. Is there any type of guarantee?
Claire Putnam
Claire on Jul 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. I'm sorry to hear about your tree. Please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and we'll be happy to assist you with a one-time replacement or refund if purchased within the last year.
Is July an appropriate time to plant the red maple trees?
Michael on Jul 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32ºF) and below 90ºF.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are they safe for pets?
Margaret A on Aug 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Maples are poisonous to horses, but not humans or domesticated pets like cats and dogs.
Is this considered a hard wood?
Cherie H on May 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Maple is definitely a hardwood tree.
What is the difference between sugar maple and red maple trees?
Chuck on Apr 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sugar maples have a high concentration of sugar in the sap; red maples can also be tapped for sap, but it is not as sweet. The bark color is different and the fall color can be different, depending upon where the tree is growing. Red Sunset has the most spectacular color of all maples.
Will this maple eventually produce sap suitable for syrup?
Charlotte E on Apr 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can indeed get maple syrup from a red maple, though it may be less sweet than what you're accustomed to getting from a sugar maple.
is this tree a fast growing tree? how many feet a year will tree grow?
Doug L on Sep 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We live in SE SD. Dry Summers, very cold winters. The tree arrived in very good condition last May. I really needed to keep it watered that first year. It stayed green right into October, suddenly turned red and bright for about 3 weeks. Beautiful fall color. The tree did sustain some winter sunscald damage since the trunk was unprotected. The tree has grown 6 inches it's first year. I will protect the tree trunk with a wrap this winter! Recommend.....
What is the Scientific Name for this maple?
Parker on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Acer rubrum 'Franksred' is the botanical name.
Does this tree have a regular shape leaf and little tiny leaf stems that fall off after the leaf sheds ?
VinaB on Jul 27, 2020
Is the the same as The Norwegian Sunset maple?
Craig J on Jul 7, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Nice Tree For SD
My wife always wanted a fall red maple tree. We ordered last year and it was planted immediately and kept watered each week. Here in SE SD, summers can be brutal, hot and dry. Winter is cold and harsh. The tree finally turned a beautiful red around Oct 10 and held the red leaves at least 2-3 weeks. We were skeptical at first, it came through nicely and survived the winter and is growing well this summer. It hasn't been pampered this second year and is doing quite well....Very pleased!!!
July 10, 2017
over 4 years ago
I purchased 4 maples from Stark Bro's last year. This year they look fantastic all but one made it and the one that didn't could be for various reasons we have a lot of deer and rabbit here who love to chomp on trees! Overall my experience with Stark bro's has been wonderful, and the only place I purchase my fruit trees or any other tree that is really important to me. The best place to purchase trees by far!!!!!!!!!
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
Red sunset maple
This is only a baby tree but has nice shape and is growing nicely.
I would say it is six feet high now but after planting it started growing right away and promises to be a lovely tree some day
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
It's growing!
It is growing! This will be the first fall I see the orange leaves. I have watered and put cow manure around it. It seems the first few years the roots and trunk get established before the top!
August 13, 2016
over 6 years ago
Red Sunset Maple
These maples arrived in good shape, and are leafing out nicely at this point.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
red sunset maple
we got the red sunset maple and it is small. This year it has grown a bit and seems healthy. I am hoping it grows a bit quicker since it is such a small tree. The root system seemed healthy and it has established itself well. I would recommend this tree and Stark Brothers to my friends.
June 9, 2017
over 4 years ago
Red Sunset Maple
received the Maple in good time for planting. Perfect pick for the color scheme of my placement in the front lawn. Will be great visual for years to come
May 6, 2018
over 3 years ago
Not a survivor on west TX plains
I miss maple trees! Thought I'd try to grow a couple, but the strong sun & wind on the TX high plains were too much. Didn't even last one season.
July 1, 2018
over 3 years ago
Sunset maple
Tree is growing in northern mn. It was a cold and windy winter and that set the tree back. It is doing ok now but I am concerned about how it will do in the future.
June 26, 2018
over 3 years ago
Bit early to tell much
But it survived a winter. It's not yet growing as fast as the catalog says, but it's still young. Looks rather thin and scraggly right now. I've hope for it.
May 7, 2019
over 2 years ago