The Red maple trees, Silver maple tree and Sugar maples are very fast growing landscape trees that are well adapted for growing in wet and dry soils, flourishing as an excellent shade tree and excellent selections as street trees to be planted in urban landscapes and near home sites. These trees are important trees for their brilliantly colored leaves that can be seen during the fall as the temperatures drop.
Several other maple trees listed on our site show exotic colored leaves, the Bloodgood maple maintaining its red leaves during the entire growing season. Dwarf Japanese Maple trees are very often used as a banzai tree that is planted in containers, but because of its small size is not recommended to be planted for shade.
Red Maple trees are the most popular shade tree native to the United States, mainly because of the adaptability to almost every States climate and soil profile type. Even though the red maples grow well in wet areas, the trees are drought resistant in dry soils. Perhaps, the most important feature of the red maple tree is its fantastic transition of color after the first frost in the fall: a spectacular red color change that extends leaf dropping for weeks attracting many leaf search excursions.