Monday, January 20, 2014

Red Maple

            A Red Maple only becomes why it’s named that way in the fall, throughout the growing season it is green. People mistakenly call the Crimson King a Red Maple, but that tree is a dark burgundy throughout the growing season and then turns a disappointing brown in the fall.

            The Red Maple is the fastest growing of the slow growing hardwood Maples native to North America. Growing to a height of around 50 feet, it will get there faster than the Sugars, and Norways, but not as fast as the twig dropping, twirler mess of the Silver Maple.

            The Reds are narrower than the others by a third. Typically, all maples are round; Reds appear to have worked out some with a waist line of around 35 feet.

            In the fall when the leaves start to change you will notice a lot of red leaves as you drive throughout the countryside, followed by the oranges a couple weeks later, with yellow being the most predominant at the end of the season; it’s the Red Maples you are seeing first. Nature’s fall seems to work in traditional Madison Avenue style fashion; it makes a big bold entrance, grabs you and slowly fades out.

            So if you don’t have a lifetime to wait for a shade tree to give you shade, and you want a big splash of color to get you ready for the black and whiteness of winter, plant a Red Maple.

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