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Acer rubrum

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.

Scanlon maple trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £75.00
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
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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 characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (former) - 1993
  • Attractive featuresAttractive tree / plantAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years5m-8m / 16ft-25ft
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateFast
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

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.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. We try to keep all pot-grown trees down to about 1.5m as supplied, but some may be larger. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Acer rubrum Scanlon