We planted this red sunset maple tree in August 2013. Red sunset maple is a fast growing maple tree that reaches 50 ft in height with a canopy spread of 35 ft. The tree has red flowers early in the spring that give way to red winged seeds called samara. The new leaves have a reddish tint in the spring before they quickly turn glossy dark green with red veins running through them. In the fall the leaves turn bright orange-red. The new twig growth of the current growing season is also red which gives the tree much visual interest in the winter months after the leaves have fallen. The surface roots of many maples can buckle sidewalks and driveways so care should be given when deciding on placement.