Rocky Mountain Maple #1

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Botanical Name: Acer Glabrum

Other Names: Douglas Maple

A native woodland tree that does best in similar conditions, partial shade, adequate moisture, protection from the wind and highly organic soil, good red fall color and showy red fruits are its primary attributes, best used in a woodland setting

Plant Categories: Tree, Shade Tree, Deciduous Tree

Water Requirements
Dry, Average, Moist

Sunlight Requirements
Partial Shade, Shade

Plant Height
20 Feet

Plant Width/Spread
15 Feet


Native Plant

Suitable For Growing Under Power Lines

Interesting Fall Color

Out of stock


Growth & Care

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone4a
Soil PreferenceRich
Growth RateAverage
Recommended Pruning MethodPrune In Full Leaf


Foliage TypeDeciduous
Fall ColorRed
Plant FormUpright Spreading


Flower FragranceUnscented

Additional Categories

Additional CategoryMaple
Landscape ApplicationShade, Naturalizing


Planting & Growing

Rocky Mountain Maple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in partial shade to shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America.

Landscape Attributes

Rocky Mountain Maple is an open 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.

Rocky Mountain Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications:

Shade, Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Ornamental Features

Rocky Mountain Maple is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features abundant showy rose samaras in late summer. It has rich green deciduous foliage. The lobed leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall.