Royal Red maple trees offer solid shade while at the same time providing beautiful dark red to purple foliage color. The foliage has a glossy sheen to it. The leaves of the tree are about softball size. The growth pattern for this variety of maple tree is oval, so you can expect a well-rounded tree form. Royal Red maple is less susceptible to frost cracks that can occur during the winter. This tree is heat tolerant and is moderately resistant to drought once it is fully established. The trunk of this tree is sold and grows straight easily. Royal Red maple trees make excellent shade trees. The dark foliage makes it a great specimen piece to install on your property.

Royal Red Maple Leaves

Royal Red Maple Buds

Royal Red Maple

Acer Platanoides ‘Royal Red’

Plant Type- Deciduous Tree

Flower Color- Red

Foliage Color- Deep red to purple during the summer and somewhat brownish in the fall.

Growth Habit- Upright

Growth Rate- Medium

Zone- 4-7

Height- 35′-40′ feet tall

Spread- 20′-25′ feet wide

Light- Full sun

Details- Similar in appearance to Crimson King Maple, this Maple variety offers unique dark red to purple foliage color during the summer months.  This maple variety is a moderate grower.  This tree prefers well-drained soils.

Pruning- Pruning should be done in the summer after the tree is done leafing.  Waiting till after there is foliage on the tree will sap seepage.

Other maple tree options.

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  • Black Japanese Maple
  • Bloodgood Japanese Maple
  • Burgundy Belle® Maple
  • Cascade Dawn Flowering Maple
  • Coral Bark Japanese Maple
  • Crimson Queen Japanese Maple
  • Crimson Sentry Norway Maple
  • Emerald Elf Amur Maple
  • Emerald Lustre® Maple
  • Fernleaf Full-Moon Maple
  • Flamingo Boxelder Maple
  • Kelly’s Gold Boxelder Maple
  • Monroe Vine Maple
  • October Glory® Red Maple
  • Pacific Fire Vine Maple
  • Paperbark Maple
  • Pink Flowering Maple
  • Red Flowering Maple
  • Red Sunset® Red Maple
  • Sienna Glen Maple
  • Silver Maple
  • Sugar Green Mountain Maple
  • Summer Red® Red Maple
  • White Flowering Maple
  • Yellow Flowering Maple