The Red Rocket Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Red Rocket’) is a standout cultivar of the popular red maple. Known for its strikingly columnar form and blazing red fall foliage, it offers a dramatic vertical element in landscapes where space is limited. Here’s why this maple might be the perfect choice for your yard:

What You Need To Know:

  • Lifespan: With proper care, these maples can live for 50-70 years, adding lasting vertical beauty to your landscape.
  • Canopy Size and Spread: This narrow cultivar maintains a spread of only 10-15 feet at maturity, perfect for small spaces.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate grower, adding 1-2 feet per year after establishment.
  • Canopy Height: Reaches a mature height of 30-40 feet, offering a tall, slender presence.
  • Soil Preference: Adapts to various well-drained soils, but prefers slightly acidic conditions.
  • Water Needs: Moderately water-dependent, especially during the first few years after planting and during dry spells. Regular watering is beneficial, but they are drought-tolerant once established.
  • Light Preference: Full sun exposure is ideal for optimal growth and the most vibrant fall color.
  • Hardiness Zone: Hardy in USDA zones 4-9.
  • Flowers: Small but showy clusters of red flowers bloom in early spring before the leaves emerge, lasting for about a week.

Interesting Facts

  • A Cultivated Gem: Red Rocket is a cultivar of the red maple, specifically selected for its columnar growth habit and vibrant fall colors. It doesn’t occur naturally in the wild.
  • Award-Winner: The Red Rocket Maple has been recognized for its ornamental value, receiving the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Award.
  • Pollinator Magnet: The early spring flowers, though small, attract bees and other pollinators seeking an early nectar source.
  • Early Spring Interest: Red Rocket is one of the first trees to show color in spring, with clusters of small red flowers appearing before the leaves emerge.
  • Shallow Roots: Like many maples, the Red Rocket can have shallow roots, so care is needed when planting near sidewalks or foundations.


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