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Arbor Age Winter 2015

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32 WINTER 2015 ARBOR AGE TREE OF THE MONTH Redpointe Maple Trade Name: Redpointe® Maple Botanical Name: Acer rubrum 'Frank Jr.' Plant Patent: #16769 Parentage: Selection by Harold Pellett in Minnesota Family: Aceraceae Introduction: 2008 by J. Frank Schmidt & Son, Co. Hardiness Zone*: 3 – 9, selected for excellent cold hardiness Height: 35 to 45 feet Spread: 15 to 30 feet Growth Rate: Medium to fast, 20 feet in 10 years Form: Narrow, oval Bloom Period: Before leaves in March and April Flower: Red clusters, small flowers Fruit: Seedless Spring Color: Reddish Summer Foliage: Mid-green becoming dark green in summer Autumn Foliage: Bright red color in early autumn Winter Interest: Bark provides winter interest Bark: Smooth, grayish-brown bark becomes furrowed with age Habitat: Grows well throughout the United States Culture: Prefers well drained and slightly acid soil, full sun, tolerant of heavily polluted air Pest Problems: Leaf hoppers Storm Resistance: Good to excellent Salt Tolerance: Fair Planting: Transplant bare root, B&B, or by container Propagating: Softwood cuttings Design Uses: Excellent street tree in northern locations Companions: Use with perennial groundcovers Other Comments: Excellent tree for city streets Available From: Most large retail nurseries. * For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit: These are the personal observations of the author, living in New England — Zone 6. Leonard Phillips can be reached via e-mail at BY LEONARD PHILLIPS, ASLA EMERITUS ALL PHOTOS PROVIDED BY J. FRANK SCHMIDT & SONS CO.

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