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Common Name: Red Sunset Red Maple      Latin Name: Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Red Sunset      Size: 30 (min) to 50 (max)
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QuantityPriceVendorLocationNotesDate Identified
15149.00natorps nursery outlet Lat: 39.31521733 Long: -84.334469522013-04-06
20119.00Natorp Nursery Outlet Mason Ohio Lat: 39.31520901 Long: -84.335200222014-05-17
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Ive seen this plant struggle in upland top of the hill sites, hillsides sloped towards south east to west, and poor soil sites throughout Eden park.From field observations Im thinking it may prefer flat ground or hillsides sloped towards the northwest, north, north east, or east. Ive seen red maples in Eden park of different cultivars try to establish themselves elsewhere, but have died during recent droughts even after being in the ground for over 15 years.Straight species of red maples are adapted to many sites, but prefer bottomland soils, alluvial soils, and even poorly drained soils that are wet in the winter and moist in the summer. My advice is to treat the cultivars as if they were the straight species they were cultivated from. Or at least plant them in an irrigated lawn setting with descent soil depth.IF anyone has seen healthy mature or at least over 25 year old red maples on southeast to west sloped hillsides, please send pictures to with the location.
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Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Red Sunset
Maximum Height: 50 feet

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Category: Tree
Family: Aceraceae
Genus: Acer
species: rubrum
Cultivar: 'Franksred' Red Sunset
Size: 30 (min) to 50 (max)
Size Description: Med - Large Shade Tree
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Sustainability:star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingVery GoodSee other plants that are sustainable.
Full Sun Tolerance:star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingPerforms WellSee other plants that like full sun.
Part Shade Tolerance:star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingGood PerformanceSee other plants that like part shade.
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Bloom history: (Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, unless otherwise noted)3/24/2014 until 4/11/2014 See other plants that bloom at this time.
3/2/2012 until 3/16/2012 See other plants that bloom at this time.
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Picture of Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Red Sunset™ Red Sunset Red Maple
Location: Ft. Mitchell
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz
Season: Fall
Picture of Acer rubrum 'Franksred' Red Sunset™ Red Sunset Red Maple
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Photo Credit: Steve Foltz
Season: Fall
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