How to Grow a Red Maple Tree


Red maple trees grow natively in many parts of North America, including most the eastern parts of the United States and Canada. One reason for their abundance is their hardiness in cold weather. The trees are hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Red maples are also known for their fall foliage. As the seasons change, the leaves turn a bright red or scarlet color, hence their name.

Step 1

Find a spot to plant your red maple sapling. The trees can tolerate many soil types, but they grow best in full sun.Keep in mind that once mature a red maple will stand 40 feet to 60 feet tall and can be 40 feet wide. Make sure your tree has plenty of room to grow.

Step 2

Dig a hole four times as wide as the sapling's root system. The hole should be as deep as it is wide.

Step 3

Remove the sapling from the packaging, checking to make sure the roots are intact and not broken or damaged.

Step 4

Place the root ball in the ground. The top of the roots should be even with ground level.

Step 5

Spread the roots out gently. They should be spread out evenly throughout the hole.

Step 6

Replace the dirt around the roots, making sure it is filled in well so no air bubbles remain. If too much air surrounds the plant roots, the tree may not grow properly because the roots will become too dried out. Replace only enough dirt so the tree stands upright.

Step 7

Water the plant thoroughly and allow the water to be completely absorbed.

Step 8

Fill in the remaining soil, tamping it down firmly so no air bubbles remain around the trees roots.

Step 9

Water the tree thoroughly again so it can begin to establish its root system in its new location.

Things You'll Need

  • Red maple sapling
  • Shovel
  • Water


  • USDA Forest Service: Red Maple
  • Arbor Day Foundation: Red Maple
  • Fast Growing Trees: Red Maplle Tree Instructions
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