Plant Finder

tree

Fireball Red Maple*

Acer rubrum 'Firzam'

Add To My Wish List

print page
 
Fireball Red Maple (Acer rubrum 'Firzam') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Fireball Red Maple in fall

Fireball Red Maple in fall

(Photo courtesy of Lake County Nursery)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  45 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Swamp Maple, Scarlet Maple

Description:

A choice fall-coloring tree with a narrower, more pyramidal form; showy red flowers line the bare branches in spring and new growth is tinted red; intolerant of alkaline soils

Ornamental Features

Fireball Red Maple features showy clusters of red flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has green foliage which emerges red in spring. The lobed leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. It produces red samaras in late spring. The furrowed silver bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Fireball Red Maple is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fireball Red Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Fireball Red Maple will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features