The Red Maple (acer rubrum) is a true beauty and a great addition to any landscape. It shows its bright red flowers in Spring and, then follows with its beautiful green Summer leaves, then red fruit and brilliant red, yellow, and orange leaves show in the Fall.
In addition to its beauty, the red maple is a highly adaptive tree and can grow in a variety of climates. It is a drought tolerant tree and can handle hot, dry climates, yet can also grow and thrive in wet soggy areas. It can be found in colder regions from the Northern part of Maine, all the way down to the warmer regions like Southern Florida.
The red maple also has a root system that adapts to the environment, allowing it to grow in almost all soil types – from loose, sandy soil to heavy clay and everything in between. Its roots will grow long laterally with short taproots in wet soil, and will adapt by having short lateral roots and long taproots in dry conditions.
In addition, the red maple makes for an excellent shade tree. Depending on the environment where it’s planted, it can grow quickly and up to 2 to 3 feet of height per year. With its fast growth and dense foliage, it is a favorite of people looking to shade from the hot summer sun. Then, prior to Winter, the intelligent red maple will drop its leaves to let the sun come through to help warm things up!
With all of its benefits, the red maple has quickly become a favorite tree of families planting a tree memorial of a loved one with The Living Urn. We asked Mark Brewer, The Living Urn’s president and co-founder about this special tree, “The red maple is one of our most popular trees that families choose to plant with our tree urn containing their loved one’s cremated remains. It’s a beautiful tree with a ton of benefits. In addition to its beauty, our arborists frequently recommend this tree to families who are looking to plant a tree memorial due to how hardy it is and how it can grow and thrive in a variety of environments.”
Brewer continued, “This special tree is native to the Eastern U.S. and is something that many people can remember having in their yard or at a nearby park growing up. The red maple has a special effect on people and creates a beautiful living memorial for families who choose to plant this with The Living Urn.”