Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley'
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Growth Rate: Fast
Bloom Time/Color: March-April; red
Fall Color: Red
Uses: Specimen, shade tree, street tree
Tree Shape: Oval, symmetrical
Red maples are often characterized by their red, well, everything. Flowers, fruit, buds, leafstalks, twigs, and even their new growth are tinged red and the fall color especially is outstanding. Red maples grow well in almost any soil type, provided they are in full sun or part shade, and actually tolerate wet soils fairly well. They are covered in medium green, trilobed leaves throughout the growing season and have red, inconspicuous flowers that emerge before leafing out in late winter/early spring. 'Sun Valley' is a notable ovate red maple because of its vibrant fall color, resistance to leaf hoppers, and for its lack of seeds.
Acer rubrum is an Iowa native.