Acer rubrum (Red Maple) Seeds
Zone: 4 to 9.
Native to East and central Canada, U.S.
This popular and widespread, ornamental maple provides amazing autumn colour that can be yellow to red. It has an oval crown and is a fast grower. The Red maple is a fine shade and street tree that does well in full sun and tolerates most soils.
Size: Height 50 to 70 ft; Width 25 to 35 ft.
Stratification: Seeds require about 90 days cold stratification at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F).
- First place seeds in a container with warm water and leave them in the water for about 24 hours.
- Next mix some soilless mixture for starting seeds or sand and vermiculite moisten with water and place it in sandwich bag(s). Note: mixture should be moist not soggy. The bag(s) should not be sealed. Poke holes or leave partially open for air.
- Place the seeds inside the mix and refrigerate for about 90 days.
- Occasionally check to see if seeds are starting to sprout.
- After the required time place the seeds in a sheltered spot in the ground or in pots where they can grow. The young saplings can be transplanted to the desired permanent location in the ground after a couple of years when they have grown a few feet.