Acer rubrum 'Franksred'

Red Sunset Red Maple

Categories: Shade Trees

Acer rubrum 'Franksred' is a deciduous nativar,  which will typically grow 40-60' tall with a rounded to oval crown. Grows faster than Norway and sugar maples, but slower than silver maple.  Species name of rubrum (meaning red) is everywhere in evidence: red flowers in dense clusters in late March to early April (before the leaves appear), red fruit (reddish two-winged samara), reddish stems and twigs, red buds, and, in the fall, orange-red foliage color.

More About Acer rubrum 'Franksred'

  • the Red Maple to which all others are compared
  • seedlings selected in the J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Acer rubrum breeding program
  • very fast growing...usually grown on own roots

RED SUNSET is one of the best red maple cultivars available in commerce, with outstanding orange to red fall color


40-60 ft


15-20 Feet

Hardiness Zone:


Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Native to Northeast
  • Specimen


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Fall

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist

Fall Color

  • Bright Red

Flower Color

  • Red


  • bright red


  • Spreading
  • Vase-like
  • Upright