Acer rubrum Brandywine

Brandywine Red Maple

Autumn leaf color begins mid-fall and lasts 14 days or more, gradually turning from red to brilliant red-purple. 'Brandywine' is a male selection so it does not produce seedlings. It is well adapted to the south with good heat tolerance and significant resistance to leafhopper, one of the major pests of landscape red maples. 

Introduced by the US National Arboretum in 1994, it is a cross between Autumn Flame and October Glory, both are red maples. According to Dirr, it is similar in growth habit to October Glory.

Red maples provide nectar early in the season for bees and other pollinators.

Red maples provide cover for wildlife, nesting sites for birds, and are a good source of early-season nectar.

Faster growing than sugar maples, but not as fast as silver maples, this is an excellent choice for lawn, street, highway or park plantings, and as a shade tree for residential sites.

  • Deciduous shade tree
  • Rounded, oval habit
  • Male, seedless
  • Vibrant fall color

  • Category: Tree, Native
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Height: 40-50 ft
  • Spread: 25-30 ft
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Landscape Characteristics
Branch Structure
Foliage Color
Classification by Use
Color Impact
Shade Tree
Specialty Use
Wildlife Garden
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Pollinators
Attracts Songbirds
Light Requirement
Part Sun
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Growth Rate
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Wet Soil/Wetlands
Foliage Color
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Acer rubrum Brandywine

Red maple prefers average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, slightly acid conditions. Very cold hardy.