Red Maple, Large Trees

Shade Full Sun
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Acidic
Ornamental Autumn Colour

Acer rubrum (Standard)

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  Buy 3 or more bareroot trees and save

SIZES 1-2 3-910+
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £89.94Out of Stock £74.94Out of Stock £69.96
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £124.98Sold out for the season£104.40Sold out for the season£94.44
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



Maple, Red - Standard needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

    From £4.02

  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

    From £5.76

  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


    From £6.00

  • Tree Planting pack - mulch mat, pegs, stake and tie

    Tree Planting Pack

    From £10.19

Acer rubrum: Bareroot Canadian Red Maple Trees in Standard Sizes

The Scarlet or Red Maple, Acer rubrum is a big, vigorous tree with dark green leaves that turn a fantastic bright, mottled red and orange in Autumn (in the right conditions, otherwise it will be more yellow). During winter, the red-brown young twigs provide some interest. In early spring, before the leaves emerge, the branches are covered in puff-balls of red and warm orange flowers. The winged seeds have pink membranes.

It has an upright habit, and makes a great screening tree for a big garden. The biggest specimens in America are over 30 metres tall, but 20 metres is typical in the UK. The canopy about half as wide as it is tall.

Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy younger Red Maple saplings.
Browse our other Maple varieties, or all of our trees.

Delivery season: Maple trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 20m
  • Soil: Looks best on moist, acidic soils
  • Rich red Autumn colour
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Red Maples

This hardy tree prefers a rich, moist, neutral to acidic soil, which is necessary for good Autumn colour: plenty of sun also helps. It is not recommended for chalk or dry soils: it should grow, but it will be stunted and won't colour well in Autumn. It loves clay if the pH is right, and although it won't grow in really wet soil like a willow, it doesn't mind winter waterlogging or flooding.
It is suitable for exposed locations, but not on the coast.

Did You Know?

This North American tree was growing in Europe before the 1650's. It is also known as the Swamp or Soft Maple.

The tallest Red Maple on record in the UK was a touch over 24 metres tall, at Bagshot Park, Surrey, measured in 1907, but it is long since gone.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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