A deciduous, large tree with a rounded, open crown of glossy foliage. Native to Maine, south to Georgia, west to Mississippi, Missouri and Indiana.
- Scientific Name:
- Mature Height:
- 60 - 80'
- Mature Spread:
- 40 - 50'
- Deeply lobed, shiny green to 6" long, turning bright scarlet when nights are cold in early autumn. Less dramatic if nights are warmer. Leaves hang on during winter.
- Reddish brown acorns, 1/2" - 1" long with deep cup. Starts bearing fruit at 20 years of age, at 3 - 5 year intervals.
- Root System:
- No large surface roots.
- Growth Rate:
- Moderate to fast growth in deep, rich soil.
- Cultural Notes:
- Adaptable to a variety of soils. May attract aphids.
- Sacramento Specimen:
- 130 Sandburg Drive, 95819
- Del Campo Park - south of Heathcliff Dr. parking lot.
- Madison & Date Avenues
Minimum Planting Distances
- from SMUD pad mounted equipment (such as a transformer mounted on a concrete pad): 8 feet
- from a building foundation: 15 feet
- from walks and driveways: 8 feet
- from an air conditioner: 8 feet
- from a fence: 6 feet
- from a utility offset (such as an underground line, pipe or cable): 6 feet
- from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 30 feet
- from a swimming pool: 15 feet
- from a septic system: 15 feet
- between trees*: 25 feet
* To calculate the planting distance between different size trees, add the distances between each species in the column and divide answer in half. Example: the distance between a Red Maple (large tree) and Amur Maple (small tree) is calculated: 25 feet + 15 feet = 40 feet ÷ 2 = 20 feet. The distance between these two different size trees should be 20 feet.