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Acer rubrum Fairview Flame

Red maple

Long lasting autumn colour

A superb small to medium sized variety of Red Maple, with lobed green leaves during spring and summer turning flaming red, and lasting well into late autumn before falling. Clusters of tiny red flowers open on bare twigs in early spring.


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. 

Also known as 'Pete's Fairview' Maple

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Autumn
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 1200 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 800 cm - 1000 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Acid, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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 Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes, Wildlife garden

Typically available

From February to September