April 2006
Red Sunset Red Maple
Reaching for the sky

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Red Sunset Red Maple
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Facts at a Glance
Acer rubrum -
'Red Sunset'

Planted October 1999
Planting height: 11'
Planting trunk: 1.5"

2006 Update
7-yr height: 26'
7-yr trunk: 19"

Mature Height: 50 to 60'
Spread: 40 to 50'
Growth rate: Fast
Form: Oval, symmetrical
Flowers: Red
Fall color: Red
Hardiness zone: 4 - 8
Culture: Sun/partial shade

Best feature:
Fall color

Worst problem:
Surface roots

Do over? Yes

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Do They Cry?

Some Day He'll Be Known as 'The Old Red Sunset'

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Red Sunset Red Maple

RED SUNSET RED MAPLE JOURNAL

Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver

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Nov. 18, 2005: Why they called it "Red Sunset."


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April 5, 2005
Red Sunset red maple flowers

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May 2004
A Red Sunset red maple leaf in summer.
Notice how the leaf stem is red.
This would be typical for many red maple cultivars.

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November 2002
Weather conditions this year were absolutely perfect for a good fall color show. See Butler University's explanation about why trees change color, and why some years the colors are better than other years.

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November 2002
The Red Sunset from the
upstairs window. The bright red
casts a pink reflection on
the walls in the foyer.
Imagine what this picture will
look like in five or ten years.
That house over there on the
right -- you won't be able to see it.

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May 2004

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Top: May 2004
Baby leaves.

Bottom: Oct, 21, 2004
Even after the color change begins in fall, a growth spurt adds another foot of height.

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May 2, 2006
I'm not usually home at night, so the evening colors really caught my eye.
The large tree in the background is a 100-foot red maple in my neighbor's yard.


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May 16, 2006
Look at how much this tree has grown
in 3 weeks! The soaking rain helps.


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May 15, 2006
Red leaf stems, leaves emerging red. Not all the leaves emerge red. I wonder why some do and some don't? It doesn't seem to be related to which ones are in sun and which are in shade. Hmm.


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April 2004
When I first planted this tree, it didn't look healthy at all.
I'm glad I was patient; it is perfectly healthy now!


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Seeds of the red maple
tree are called samaras.
Some of us call them
helicopter seeds.

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Birds call 'em breakfast!
(I was about to get
my eyes poked out trying
to get this picture!)

 

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October 1999: Leaves were few and small after planting.

See the growth chart for a series of pictures of this tree over the years.

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June 2000

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April 2003

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January 2005

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November 2005

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April 2006
I like this picture. The tree looks so hopeful!


See the Red Sunset Red Maple Growth Chart
For Julie's detailed comments, see the Red Sunset Red Maple fact page
Read the latest Tree Grower's Diary blog entry


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