ACER rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’ is a red maple or swamp maple. Over time, it has crystallized as THE reference among red maples. In fact, its usually green foliage takes on color very early in autumn and sets the garden on fire. It then first becomes bright red and then takes on a yellow tone.
In addition, it flowers red in spring before leafing out. The fruits are also red.
Furthermore, its bark is gray and smooth.
Finally, this tree is one of the easy-to-grow plants and rapidly provides shade for the garden.
How to grow ACER rubrum ‘Schlesigneri’?
Find a place for this red maple in sun or partial shade. A humid, moderately humid or dry place will suit it. The soil can be light, normal or heavy with an acidic or neutral pH.
This tree easily tolerates temperatures below -20°C.
Tip: If you want to keep it at a lower height, do not hesitate to prune it in January or February.
History and Origin
The type species ACER rubrum comes from eastern and north central North America. It grows there at heights from sea level to around 900 meters above sea level.
Moreover, the state of Rhode Island has made it its state tree.
The English introduced it in 1656 and began its cultivation shortly after.
The original ACER rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’ plant grew in the garden of Barthold Schlesinger in Brookline, Massachusetts.
A. rubrum is used for its syrup on a small scale because the harvest period is shorter than with other syrup maples. Then, its wood is also employd for construction. It is considered medium to high quality.
In addition, indigenous peoples used the bark for developing medications, while pioneers produced ink with it.
To conclude, it is classified as average quality as firewood.