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Redvein Maple

Scientific name: Acer rufinerve

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:5 to 8
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:30 ft
Width:20 ft
Bloom:Spring flowers
Bloom Time:April to May
Bloom Color:Green
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Redvein maple is named for the red venation of the otherwise green leaves.

This is a small deciduous tree that can grow to 30 feet in height and 20 feet in width. It does not seem to grow as a single stem tree, but rather forms multiple trunks. It grows slowly in comparison to other shade trees, developing into an upright habit. The foliage consists of leaves with 3 distinctive lobes with the center lobe larger than the surrounding outer lobes, which turn outward.

Leaves are arranged in a opposite fashion. While the leaves are green during the summer they will turn yellow orange to red in the fall before they are shed for the winter. The best color in the fall is achieved with some shade.

Flowers consist of upright racemes which are 3” long. As with other members of the maple family this tree produces fruit known as winged samara, which are ¾” long.

Young trees have a reddish bark, while mature trees turn grey.

This species performs best in the cooler regions of the Pacific Northwest.

No real problems.
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