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Acer rubrum Brandywine

Red maple

Intense foliage colour in autumn

A beautiful medium-sized Red Maple with an upright oval headed shape and fiery, long lasting, red to purplish-red autumn colour. Clusters of tiny red flowers open on bare twigs in late winter.


A superb specimen tree for a medium-sized to large garden, park or arboretum. Enjoys an open sunny position.


Prefers a well-drained, humus-rich soil, preferably lime-free for best autumn colour. 

This lovely maple is a hybrid between 'Autumn Flame' and 'October Glory' and introduced by the US National Arboretum, Washington DC in 1994

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - April
Evergreen No
Plant height 800 cm - 1000 cm
Plant width 300 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 500 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From February to September