The red maple (Acer rubrum) offers low maintenance and a fast growth rate. Widely grown as an ornamental, the tree grows to a height of between 40 and 60 feet with a width of 25 to 45 feet. During the spring it produces an abundance of attractive blossoms, and in the fall the foliage turns brilliant shades of red. Numerous cultivars exist. The tree grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 3 to 9. The red maple begins to produce seeds when it is as young as four years of age. A prolific seed producer, the seeds require no cold stratification before germination occurs.
Gather the seeds of the red maple between April and July when the tree disperses them. The seeds are ripe and ready for germination when they begin to be swept from the tree by the wind.
Plant the seeds in a full sunlight location with well draining soil for ideal growth. Place the seeds 1/4- to 1-inch deep in the soil, according to the Iowa State University cooperative extension website. Approximately 85 to 91 percent of all red maple seeds will germinate.
Water the seeds lightly. Do not saturate the soil. Keep it moist to help with germination. Germination begins in only 2 to 6 days, according to the U.S. Forest Service.