Acer rubrum (Red Maple)

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Description

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.

Germination Instructions

Stratification: Seeds require about 90 days cold stratification at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F).

  1. First place seeds in a container with warm water and leave them in the water for about 24 hours.
  2. 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.
  3. Place the seeds inside the mix and refrigerate for about 90  days.
  4. Occasionally check to see if seeds are starting to sprout.
  5. 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.