- Type Deciduous tree or shrub
- Life Span 100-300 years
- USDA Zones 3-8
- Light Sun or partial shade
- Crown Vase-shaped
- Location Roots raise sidewalks
- Design Tip Autumn statement tree
- Other Uses Shade tree
- Peak season Fiery fall leaves
Maple Trees: A Field Guide
In a family as diverse as Acer, there are lots of characters, from the refined and desirable Japanese maple, to textural snake-bark maple, to sugar maple with its irresistible sap. Red maple trees are probably the least talked about, perhaps because they’re so common.
With more than 150 species, maples range in size from large ornamental trees to small shrubs best used as a punctuation mark in a landscape. Maples are good news for gardeners plagued by deer: They recover from defoliation and are not their first choice of tree (though deer will eat anything if they are deprived of their preferred food).