Acer rubrum Scanlon

  • Height 10 years: 5m-8m / 16ft-25ft
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red

Scanlon is a particularly attractive form of the ever popular red maple - Acer rubrum.

It is a reliable selection for autumn colour in the UK, and is also one of the most upright columnar red maples, making it a good choice if space is limited. The colourful autumnal leaves remain on the tree well into November.

This maple was named by Edward Scanlon, a forestry graduate from the University of Michigan. It was propagated from an original tree at Bowhall Nursery, Cleveland, and patented in 1976. Its columnar form made it the ideal red maple for street planting.

Scanlon spent much of his early career (1946-1957) working for the city of Cleveland, Ohio. In his first meeting the Mayor asked him what he intended to do, and aware of how little was known about trees in urban situations, he replied "Well Mr Mayor, there is only one thing we know in this field, and that is the trees that shouldn't be planted - and all of them are on the streets of Cleveland." He went on to become a leading authority on trees for street planting.

Scanlon trees for sale

Deliveries from week commencing 25th November 2019 (or December for bare-root).

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
3-year Scanlon tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Acer rubrum Scanlon

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

Scanlon characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive tree / plant Attractive foliage Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 5m-8m / 16ft-25ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Useful for: Open spaces Street / amenity
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: April
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Similar varieties

  • Acer rubrum
    Brandywine is one of the best red maples for the UK climate, with a reliable display of fiery-red autumn colours.
  • See also October Glory
    Acer rubrum
    October Glory
    A well-named form of the North American Red Maple - the leaves turn a spectacular red in the autumn.
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