Scientifically referred to as Acer Rubrum, the red maple is a popular ornamental tree in Bloomington. It is often planted for its visual interest and the beauty it adds to a landscape. What is especially alluring about the red maple is that the tree features different visual qualities each season. It displays some colorful buds in winter, outstanding flowers in spring, colorful foliage in autumn and leafstalks in summer.
Its red foliage serves as an early indicator of spring season. In autumn, its leaf colors many range from bright red to yellow or greenish yellow. The decorative blooms of the tree really stand out as it blooms way before the other trees and it’ll display its colorful red leafs long before fall. The aesthetic standards of red maple make it a favorite tree for Bloomington homeowners.
The appeal of the red maple isn’t limited to its beauty. It is a fast growing and highly adaptable tree which tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. It’ll thrive in extreme temperature fluctuations, wet soils, and neutral to acidic soils and can be easily planted on any landscape.
It’s hearty. It’s beautiful. And as home owners in Bloomington can attest, it offers excellent shade. Nothing feels better than relaxing under a cool shade in your yard while waiting for the BBQ to heat up. The red maple will definitely offer you this pleasure.
Once planted, the tree grows fast, into a 40-70 foot specimen. Its canopy can go as far as 40 feet wide. In less than five years, the red maple trees can reach a height of 12 feet. Due to its fast growing characteristics, red maples are often the tree of choice in new housing developments.
The red maple is a good investment, not only for its quick growth, but also for its longevity. The tree can live for up to 200 years, so even if you plan to live in your house for more than the standard 5-7 years, you’ll still get a great return on your tree investment because even 20 years down the road, the red maple will be healthy (given you take the proper care along the way.) If you don’t want the task of pruning and caring for the tree, give us a call. We’ll be happy to do the job for you. Because the last call we ever want to get from you is that you need tree removal services. Of course, if that’s what you need, we’ll do it. But let’s work together to keep your red maples healthy.
There is one down side to the red maple. It’s a deciduous tree, meaning it sheds it leaves every year. So, of course, this means raking leaves. Short of that, we have nothing negative to say about what we consider to be the best tree to plant in Bloomington; the red maple. Oh, unless you have or live near horses. Red maple leaves are extremely toxic for horses!