One of the more popular landscape trees, maples are much sought after for their excellent fall color. With a dense canopy, maples make excellent shade trees

Maples perform best in well-drained, moderately moist soil but are adaptable to a wide variety of conditions. Freeman and Red maples will tolerate some drought. Many varieties will likewise tolerate clay soils. All varieties grow best in full sun. Water deeply but infrequently to avoid surface roots.

There is a wide variety of maples to choose from, depending on your site and specific needs. From the fast-growing Freeman Maple to the sturdy and dependable Red, here are a few of our garden center favorites.

 

Freeman Maple Varieties

(Acer x freemanii)

A hybrid of the red and silver maple, Freeman maples are probably best known for their striking fall color in brilliant, flaming red-orange. Fast growing.

Armstrong Maple

Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 40-50' tall, 15-20' wide

 

Celebration Maple

Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 40-50' tall, 20' wide

 

Autumn Fantasy Maple

Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 40-50' tall, 30-40' wide

 

Norway Maple Varieties

(Acer platanoides)

Tolerant of a wide range of soils, heat, and drought, Norway Maples are adaptable to a range of landscapes. Noted for their range of foliage color which range from deep crimson to bright gold. Fall color is an unremarkable yellow-brown.

Princeton Gold

Hardiness Zones: 4 - 7

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 35-40' tall, 20-25' wide

 

Royal Red

Hardiness Zones: 4 - 7

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 30-40' tall, 25-35' wide

 

Red Maple Varieties

(Acer rubrum)

Named for the red tinge of its flowers, seeds, and twigs, red maple is perhaps most noted for its scarlet red fall color. Slow to moderate growing, red maples are sturdy, long-lasting trees with sturdy branching that can withstand our tough Wisconsin weather.

Red Sunset

Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 40-50' tall, 30-40' wide

 

Sugar Maple Varieties

(Acer saccharum)

A Midwest native, sugar maples are so named for their abundant sap which can be tapped for making maple syrup. Fall colors in shades of bright yellow to rich orange to blazing red. Moderate grower with strong branching.

Flashfire

Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 40-50' tall, 40-50' wide

 

Shantung Maple Varieties

(Acer truncatum)

More compact than other maple varieties, these maples often have colorful, glossy foliage and good fall color. Slow growing. Good selection for areas too small for other maples.

Crimson Sunset

Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 35' tall, 25' wide

 

Urban Sunset

Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 35' tall, 20'  wide

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