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Brandywine Maple

Acer rubrum 'Brandywine'

Brandywine Maple - Acer rubrum 'Brandywine'

Tree Facts: The Brandywine Maple's Mature Height is 25 feet, The tree's Mature Spread is 12 feet, Soil Type is Widely Adaptable,

Moisture requirements Widely Adaptable, Mature Form Oval, Growth Rate is Moderate, Sun Exposure Full Sun, Fall Color, Purple, Red, Summer Foliage Color Medium Green,

Hardiness: U.S.D.A. Zones 4 - 8

Development: 'Brandywine' resulted from a 1982 cross of Acer rubrum 'October Glory' and A. rubrum 'Autumn Flame' by A.M. Townsend as part of a research project examining the inheritance of fall color and leafhopper resistance, and an effort to improve existing cultivars of red maple. Released December, 1994.

Significance: 'Brandywine' has a brilliant red-purple autumn color. It produces only male flowers; thus, no fruit or nuisance seedlings. It has a significant level of tolerance to potato leafhopper, better than or comparable to many commercially available red maple cultivars.

Description: Height and Width: 25 feet tall with a 12 foot crown spread in 12 years.

Habit: Medium-sized deciduous tree with an oval crown.

Foliage: Medium green leaves average 4.5 inches long and 4.4 inches wide. Bright, enduring fall color begins red and gradually turns brilliant purple red over a long period, often 14 days or more.

Fall color peaks between 'Autumn Flame' and 'October Glory' in Maryland (Zone 7).

Bark: Light grey and smooth when young, turning dark grey with age.

Flowers: Male, in early spring

Fruit: No fruit produced.

Culture: Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions. Prefers slightly acid, moist soils. Performed well in diverse locations from Alabama and Georgia to Michigan and Oregon.

Landscape Use: Excellent for lawn, street, highway or park plantings, and as a shade tree for residential sites.

Distribution: Distributed to wholesale commercial propagation nurseries beginning in 1995.

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