brightest red maple?

Old 08-29-07, 08:23 AM
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Question brightest red maple?

What is the brightest red maple?

We live in Western, PA (zone 5, I think). We are looking to plant the brightest red maple we can find - any suggestions? We saw a "Summers Red" online, and a local recommended "October Glory". Any insight or experienced advice is appreciated. We have clay for soil, and it is fairly wet, although it will be planted in an are that does drain. Mostly sun, except perhaps for late afternoon it may be shaded a bit. Size isn't a concern.

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Old 08-29-07, 05:16 PM
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Are you looking for red color all summer or just fall color?
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Fall color depends on drought conditions as well as fall temps so it's rare that you will get a consistant show every year.

For red to orange fall color 'October Glory' would be better. Fall color of 'Summer Red' is mostly yellow.

'Red Sunset' tends to be more consistant in red fall color and would be my choice for more consistant red fall color.


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