Showy, attractive shade tree with conspicuous fall color and decorative, red male flowers and female samaras in spring
This tree displays the general characteristics of its species, but has 3- to 5-lobed leaves that are hairy over their entire lower surface. It tends to prefer moist, swampy sites and isn't as cold-hardy as the other A. rubrum varieties.
The variety name of this species is named for Thomas Drummond (ca. 1790-1835), naturalist.
Info source: http://www.wildflower.org
Genus - Acer
Species - Rubrum Drummondii
Common name - Drummond red maple
Pre-Treatment - Not-required, but recommended
Hardiness zones - 5 - 9
Height - 30-45' (10-15 m)
Spread - 30-40' (9-12 m)
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full sun to Partial shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acid (pH 5-6)
Soil type - Moist to wet, acidic sands, sandy loams, medium loams, clay loams, and clays
Water requirements - Drought resistant. Average, Moist
Landscape uses - Showy, attractive shade tree with conspicuous fall color and decorative, red male flowers and female samaras in spring
Germination rate - 80%
Bloom season - Mid Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Burgundy
|Germination||Seeds does not require the cold/moist stratification, but it is recommended. It will increase the germination rate. |
1. Start the cold stratification process in the winter or sow one month before the beginning of spring inside.
2. Place the seeds in a glass bowl and cover with room temperature water. Allow the seeds to soak for a minimum of 24 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
3. Hold a handful of sterile peat planting medium under a running faucet until the peat is soaked. Squeeze most of the water out of the peat, leaving it moist but not soggy. Place the moist peat into a zip-lock plastic bag.
4. Remove the seeds from the bowl of water and rinse them off under clean running water. Place up to three seeds into the plastic bag containing the peat. Use more peat and plastic bags if you want to germinate more than three seeds.
5. Push the seeds into the peat and seal the plastic bag. Shake the bag to distribute the peat so that it covers the seeds completely. The seeds must be buried in the moist peat in order to germinate.
6. Place the sealed bag in the bottom of the refrigerator. This will serve as the cold stratification. The seeds need to be kept at 34 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 days.
7. Open the plastic bag periodically to make sure the peat is still moist. Add water as needed to restore the moisture.
8. Plant stratified seeds outdoors if all danger of frost has passed or inside in pots. Bury the seeds 1/4 to 1 inch deep into the soil, ensuring that the seeds are covered. Keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout.