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donald – new Jersey
December 17, 2011 - 12:41
Subject: red maple color

On May 30 2010, Robert-"wenatchee " stated that the Fall leaf colors of
maples vary with location. What determines the color ?

I have 2 red maples and i sugar which turn only yellow.
What can be done to increase likelihood of expected red colors ?

Reply to donald
Robert – wenatchee
December 17, 2011 - 13:59
Subject: fall color

Fall color is controlled by tree genetics, outside temperature and soil minerals. Find out the answers to these questions, #1. do other maples in your area turn red or like your trees turn only yellow? #2. have these trees ever turned red? or only yellow?

If other similar trees in your area do turn red but yours do not then find out this - have your trees ever turned red? Maybe you know this and maybe you don't.

If other similar trees do turn red then and you are reasonably sure yours are a similar type then take a good look at your soil - have it analyzed.

Make sure your soil has plenty of iron and trace minerals. Many people fertilize but only use a fertilizer such as 15-2-8 fertilizer that has 15% nitrogen, 2% available phosphate and 8% soluble potash. Nitrogen, phosphate and potash are also sometimes referred to as N-P-K.

This is not the correct type of fertilizer for any tree. Trees need a fertilizer with complete micro nutrients and with as low a nitrogen level as you can find. Nitrogen will cause a big growth spurt and is not what you want for any tree.

Linda R. – Ohio
July 10, 2010 - 17:04
Subject: Maple tree

I have a sugar maple tree that the bark is pulling away from the trunk. It is just falling off and I don't see any ants or anything. What is going on with it and what can I do with it. It started from a seed in our vegetable garden is now about 30 ft. tall.

Mem Morman – colorado
May 27, 2010 - 07:57
Subject: maples in europe?

i always thought that maple trees were native to north america. i'm reading a novel now that puts maple trees in europe during the pre-historic period. is that possible? thanks for any answers or links!

Reply to Mem Morman
Robert – wenatchee
May 30, 2010 - 19:16
Subject: Maple trees - native to europe and china and japan

There are kinds of maple trees that are native to Europe, China and Japan. I do not know the exact names though.

Joan Freeman – Georgia
April 25, 2010 - 06:00
Subject: Seeds

When I was a child, we called the 'seeds' keys, but nobody knows what I'm talking about when I say that. I have heard them called 'helicopters' but I'm curious as to the official name.

Georgia – Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
March 07, 2010 - 01:10

I was wondering what the name of this tree is if there is one that meets my expectations. it doesnt loose its leaves at all, it's leaves are green it bushes nice and long high and wide.

Is There such a tree that does this and if so what is it called and how much. Its for a school assignment

Carrie – Prunedale CA
February 18, 2010 - 21:16
Subject: Tree shopping


I recently moved into a house out in the country which has a large acacia tree in the back yard. It had not been lived in so the acacia has taken over, and I am slowly taking out all the growth spurts covering the yard. My question is regarding the fast growing maple trees. If I were to take out the acacia, and replace it with a fast growing maple, about how fast does it gain it's height? It would be best if I could get something within 20 feet as soon as possible to obtain the look of the yard my family would like.


Reply to Carrie
Robert – wenatchee
May 30, 2010 - 19:27
Subject: fast growing maple trees

I suggest the October Glory Red Maple. See our maple tree store, we have them for sale there.

Val Converse – Manhattan, KS
January 31, 2010 - 05:24
Subject: Autumn Blaze or Red Sunset Maple

My husband and I are building a new home and trying to decide on the best maple trees for our yard. I did not see the Autumn Blaze Maple on your list. What do you know about it and what would you recommend for Kansas?

Larry Cracraft – Kokomo, IN
December 15, 2009 - 08:26
Subject: Great Site

I appreciate your detailed information on the various maples. As I look out my family room window, I can see either black or sugar maples and I know that I have red maples because of the spring seeds. We have plenty of silver maples growing on the creek banks and some on the golf courses. I will consult with your site next spring to try and sort out my black and sugar maples. One thing that I did not see on your color chart page was reference to brilliant yellow fall colors. My dad had a native maple that was a brilliant yellow (Monroe County, Indiana).

Reply to Larry Cracraft
Robert – wenatchee
May 30, 2010 - 19:21
Subject: yellow colors

Fall color is specific to location and species. Plant the tree in one location and it will be orange in fall, the same tree in another location will be yellow. Some Maples display mostly yellow such as the silver maple though I have seen them display orange fall color also but not as nice as a Sugar Maple or Red Maple.

Rick – eastern pa.
December 10, 2009 - 06:06
Subject: consern about my maple tree

My tree was struck by lighting and I think it is slowely dying. What can I do to save it. It provides awsome shade in the summer and I dont want to loose it. What can I do?

Reply to Rick
Robert – wenatchee
May 30, 2010 - 19:31
Subject: RE: consern about my maple

I am sorry but the tree may well die and nothing may be done. You can try and call a tree surgeon but be careful as these guys will want to cut on the tree and will give you no guarantee it will live but will give you a big bill to pay.

I would just wait a year or two and time will tell.

mike shroff – orange tx
December 04, 2009 - 13:34
Subject: tree search

looking for a champane maple like the one I saw at garvan gardens hot springs ar

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