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Northfire Red Maple*

Acer rubrum 'Olson'

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Northfire Red Maple (Acer rubrum 'Olson') at Wasco Nursery

Acer rubrum 'Northfire'

Acer rubrum 'Northfire'

(Photo courtesy of Northscaping.com)

Northfire Red Maple (Acer rubrum 'Olson') at Wasco Nursery

Acer rubrum 'Northfire' in fall

Acer rubrum 'Northfire' in fall

(Photo courtesy of Northscaping.com)

Height: 50 feet

Spread: 40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone: 3

Other Names: Swamp Maple, Scarlet Maple

Description:

One of the hardiest selections of the very popular red maple from northern Minnesota with consistent red fall color, eventually becomes a large shade tree, ideal for larger landscapes; intolerant of alkaline soils

Ornamental Features:

Northfire Red Maple has green foliage which emerges red in spring. The lobed leaves turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. It features showy red flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. It produces red samaras in late spring. The furrowed silver bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes:

Northfire Red Maple is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Northfire Red Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade
  • Accent

Plant Characteristics:

Northfire Red Maple will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.

This is a selection of a native North American species.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent Shade
Applications
Flowers Fruit Fall Color Bark
Ornamental Features