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Bowhall Red Maple

Scientific name: Acer rubrum ‘Bowhall'

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:3 to 9
Plant Characteristics
Height:40 ft
Width:15 ft
Bloom:Spring flowers
Bloom Time:April to May
Bloom Color:Red
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description In the ornamentals trade the red maple cultivar ‘Bowhall' is considered to be an excellent street, and parking lot tree species as it does not become too wide. It has better fall color than the red maple cultivar 'Armstrong'.

This deciduous tree grows to a height of 45’ and a width of 15’. Leaves are 3” long and as wide, with 5 lobes. Leaf margins are dentate to serated. Leaves are arranged alternately. Flowers are red samaras approximately 1” across, and emerge in the month of April and May. Leaves are borne on upright stems which give the tree its upright to oval crown at maturity.

During the summer months the leaves are dark green above and grayish beneath. In the fall, the leaves turn shades of yellow, orange and reddish orange, before being shed for the winter. The cultivar ‘Bowhall’ is considered narrower in width than other red maple cultivars, such as ‘Red Sunset’ or ‘October Glory’, thus making it suitable to smaller planting areas.

Red maple is considered very tolerant of soil flooding, as well as droughty conditions. It is commonly planted all across the United States, as well as Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Tree growth is classified as moderate to rapid.

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