Quick facts and care essentials
• Climate zones vary
• Full sun or partial shade
• Regular to moderate watering
• Growth rate varies
The many maple species include small trees for patios as well as strong-growing shade trees. Maples of one type or another will grow in most zones, though none will really flourish in hot, dry areas. These trees prefer well-drained soil, but they must have regular moisture during the growing season. They are subject to anthracnose and verticillium wilt.
David’s maple (A. davidii). Zones 3-6, 15-17, 20, 21, 32-34. This 20- to 35-foot tree has distinctive shiny green bark with white stripes. Leaves are heart shaped, reaching 5 to 7 inches long. New growth is bronze tinted; autumn color is bright yellow, orange red, and purple.