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Scarlet Jewel™ Red Maple

Acer rubrum 'Bailcraig'

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Scarlet Jewel Red Maple (Acer rubrum 'Bailcraig') at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Scarlet Jewel™ Red Maple in fall

Scarlet Jewel™ Red Maple in fall

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Height:  70 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Swamp Maple, Scarlet Maple


A wonderful selection of red maple featuring a full, very upright habit of growth and a consistent crimson fall color year after year that colors earlier than others of this species; reistant to frost cracking, but intolerant of alkaline soils

Ornamental Features

Scarlet Jewel™ Red Maple is primarily valued in the landscape for its ornamental upright and spreading habit of growth. It features showy clusters of red flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has forest green deciduous foliage which emerges red in spring. The lobed leaves turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. The furrowed silver bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Scarlet Jewel™ Red Maple is a dense deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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.

Scarlet Jewel™ Red Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Scarlet Jewel™ Red Maple will grow to be about 70 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 90 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 foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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