Maple trees come in a wide range of colors, sizes, and shapes. There are some maple trees that can be used as privacy trees or shade trees, while others can be used as a focal point or landscaping accent piece. They are easy to care for and can be grown across most of the United States.
The acer rubrum trees like the Brandywine and October Glory can grow up to 50 feet tall and have beautiful green leaves that may change color in the fall. It is a common mistake to think that all maple leaves change to their vibrant red color. Maples like the October Glory can turn yellow to orange.
The Brandywine is a tad smaller with a height of 35 feet tall at maturity. When the temperatures drop the leaves turn to a dark red or purple color like the name suggests.
The Autumn Blaze is known for its fast growth rate and bright red fall color. It is the most popular of all our maple trees. It makes an excellent lawn, park, or street tree.
The Bloodgood Japanese Maple is a dwarf tree that is used in landscaping and for good reason! This ornamental tree only grows to 20 feet tall at maturity and can be seen in many home landscapes as a statement piece.
Whichever choice you make when you buy a maple tree, know that a strong tree has been grown in our nursery to be transplanted in to your home and yard. These are grafted trees that we guarantee will result in a stronger, healthier tree. Learn how to plant a maple tree.
All maples are tolerant of a range of soil sites and planting conditions. They like moist yet well drained soil and full sun to partial shade. They are flexible to many landscapes and a great addition to any yard.
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Maple Tree Care
How to Plant a Maple Tree
Are you ready to plant a maple tree? Don’t fret! It is easy. Planting maple trees the correct way will ensure your maple tree lives for many years to come! Simply dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Choose your planting site in an area with sun or partial shade. Take the maple tree out of its container and loosen up the root ball if you desire. Place the tree in the planting hole and backfill with native soil or amended soil to improve the soil structure. Make sure the top of the root ball is level with the ground. Water thoroughly and repeat as necessary when the soil is dry. Add mulch to help retain moisture throughout the growing season.
When to Plant Maple Trees
The best time to plant maple trees is in early spring or early fall. Spring will give the trees almost a full year to establish strong root systems before winter. Fall is also a great time to plant as soil temperatures are cooler allowing trees to focus on root development rather than foliage development.
Where Do Maple Trees Grow
Typically found in the cooler climates of the North, maple trees can grow virtually anywhere in the United States. Thriving in USDA zones 3-9, the trees will put out their showy display of fall color in locations where temperatures fluctuate for fall and winter. Maple trees prefer a planting site with well drained soil that receives full sun to partial sun with at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight.
How to Grow a Maple Tree
Try to choose a grafted tree when growing maple trees. This will ensure the mature tree will look just like the tree it was grafted from and you have less chance of getting an off variety. Our mature, grafted maple trees are ready to plant and easy to grow in any landscape! Maple trees can be kept beautiful by providing all the proper growing conditions i.e. soil, air, water, fertilization, and the proper USDA growing zone. Once established, maple trees are easy to care for and drought tolerant. They will only need water when there is a drought and Mother Nature is not providing enough natural watering. One thing is for certain when growing maple trees, their beautiful fall colors are sure to lighten up any spot!
How to Prune a Maple Tree
Pruning maple trees is important to keep an attractive shape and form. You can prune your maple tree into any desired size and shape. In late winter, always prune back any dead or diseased branches to encourage new healthy growth. When pruning a large maple tree, be sure to not cut off more than 15% of the tree’s branches or foliage to help keep it safe. Choose the right pruning tools to help make the cuts! Small branches will be ok with pruning shears while larger branches may need loppers or a chainsaw.
When to Prune Maple Trees
The best time to prune maple trees is in late winter or early spring while the tree is dormant. These deciduous trees will lose their leaves over winter and you will have the best visibility of the branches to make proper shaping of the tree when the leaves are gone but before the leaves flush in spring. trimming maple trees
Maple Tree Size
Maple trees will vary in mature size based on their variety and climate. Trees like the October Glory Maple and Autumn Blaze Maple will get 40-50 feet tall and up to 30 feet wide. While the Brandywine Maple stays smaller at 20-30 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide. Each maple tree variety will have a unique mature height and width.
How Fast Do Maple Trees Grow
Most varieties are fast growing maple trees. The typical maple tree growth rate is up to 1-2 feet per year. Of course, this can be dependent on the amount of sunlight the tree is getting, the climate and amount of rainfall per year, as well as it is particular to each variety. Fertilizing your maple trees annually will help speed up growth to get a healthy, strong tree.
Best Fertilizer for Maple Trees
The best maple tree fertilizer is an all purpose, slow release fertilizer that will release nutrients slowly over the course of a year and provide nutrients as the tree needs them.
Do Maple Trees Have Flowers
Most maple tree varieties produce inconspicuous flowers in the spring months from March through June. The flowers are small, in clusters, and located at the end of a flower stalk on the branches.
Do Maple Trees Lose Their Leaves
We have some of the best maple trees for fall color! Maple tree leaves do drop in late fall or early winter after putting on a showy display of fall foliage in most locations. Maple trees in winter are leafless and just as beautiful as they go dormant and prepare for new spring growth. Our favorite maple tree for fall color is the October Glory Maple tree which provides brilliant shades of red and orange before dropping its leaves for fall.
Maple Tree Diseases
Different kinds of maple trees can contract different kinds of diseases or other related issues, as with any type of tree or shrub. A few types of issues that may come up are Verticillium Wilt, Root Rot, Powdery Mildew, or Leaf Scorch. A great way of getting these issues under control would be to destroy or trash infected leaves so it does not affect other areas of the tree or the soil surrounding it. The majority of maple tree diseases are purely aesthetically displeasing and won't actually affect the health of the tree. If a fungal infection does get out of control, you should call a tree expert to diagnose and treat the problem. When the Maple Trees root systems become infected, it could be lethal!
What Trees Make Maple Syrup?
All maple trees have the power to make syrup! Most commonly, people think of the Sugar Maple that produces deliciously sweet, sticky syrup to be made for pancakes, waffles, etc. But most all types of maple trees can make it -- including Red Maple Trees, Silver Maples, or Black Maples.
How to Transplant a Maple Tree
Transplanting maple trees isn't always an ideal solution but sometimes a necessary one! The best time to transplant a maple tree is in early spring so it has the whole growing year to recuperate from the stressful transfer. In late winter, you will need to start your preparedness for transplanting the maple tree to its new location by digging a trench around the root zone. When making the transfer, be sure to replant the maple tree in its new home as soon as possible. The less time out of the soil the better!
Maple Tree Landscaping Ideas
Maple trees make excellent focal points in a landscape. With ever-changing foliage colors, you want to plant your maple tree somewhere where it can be on display for all to see! Maple trees are also great choices to have smaller shrubs planted underneath the maple tree. Hostas are a great plant to have underneath your maple tree as they love the shade and have shallow root systems that won't harm the maple tree's root system. Another great option would be to create a hedge row of maple trees lining a driveway or planted along a fence.