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Acer rubrum var. drummondii/Drummond Red Maple

Acer rubrum var. drummondii / Acer rubrum var. drummondii
Seeds (samaras) in early spring
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Seeds (samaras) in early spring

Late winter female flowers

Young seed in late winter

Seeds in early spring

Early stage of seed development

Tree with seeds

Flowers in late winter


Fall color

Close-up fall color

Fall color in deep South

Close view of male flowers

Male flowers in late winter

A branch showing female flowers and young seed


Red seed contrasted against blue sky in late February

Emerging female flowers

Female flowers in early February

Close-up of deep red seed in late February

Tree form

A grove of this maples as bonsai at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC

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Scientific Name: Acer rubrum var. drummondii
Common Name: Drummond Red Maple
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Spring
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Autumn Color
Comments: Will grow in wet or dry soils. Has nice color of flower and seed in spring and of foliage in fall. Relatively short lived. Only female plants have fruit. One of more reliable trees for autumn color in deep south. Unfortunately, this tree is highly unpredictable and requires better conditions than most people realize even though it is a native that can be seen growing nearly everywhere in the coastal South where soils are often dry and soils are often poorly drained.