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Mountain Maple Acer Spicatum

Mountain Maple

The mountain maple, or Acer spicatum, is a maple native to northeastern North America, though You can find it growing in the highlands as far south as Georgia. The mountain maple is a resident of moist woods and rock-drained soils and can reach 15 to 40 feet. This deciduous tree is one species of maple that have been used for centuries in the production of maple sugar and syrup due to the rich, sugary sap the tree produces and is harvested in winter.

The beauty of the Mountain Maple

The mountain maple leaves are opposite and simple, 3-5 inches long with 3-5 shallow broad lobes. The leaves and slender branches form an exquisitely spreading crown over the short trunk; this makes the mountain maple highly prized as a small shade tree. The mountain maple produces reddish-colored samara; the familiar wing-shaped leaflets contain the seed in late summer to early autumn. With the breezes of autumn, this samara can be seen whirring through the air like miniature helicopters.

For those interested in landscaping and gardening the mountain, maple is an excellent choice when planted as a small shade tree or as an accent. Since the mountain maple is a native species, those in northeastern North America and the highlands of the Appalachians can plant the tree without worrying about ecological damage being done by an invasive species.

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Red Maple Tree - TN Nursery

Red Maple Tree

Red Maple trees are native to North America and are known for their striking spring scarlet flowers, brilliant fall foliage, and distinctive twigs and leaf stems. They are versatile and aesthetically pleasing choices for landscaping and offer various benefits that enhance outdoor spaces. With their striking foliage, adaptable nature, and environmental contributions, red maple trees have become popular options for residential and commercial landscaping projects.  When it comes to gardens, the Red Maple Tree is a special case because it often exceeds 100 feet in height. Its imposing nature and brilliantly colored foliage during the spring and fall make it a breathtaking sight in any garden. Obviously, it is a focal point because it will dominate any garden landscape. The Flowers Of This Beauty This plant won't produce blooms until it is roughly eight years old. When the flowers do emerge from them, they are tiny and scarlet, giving this maple its name. Interestingly, these pretty little flowers emerge as early as December each year, so they will add splashes of crimson to the winter landscape in the garden. The male and female flowers are each a different shade, adding to the color palette of this stately plant. The flowers of this plant fade by the end of May, but the plant still looks like it's got flowers in bloom after pollination of the flowers. After the flowers fall away, beautiful samaras form in clusters throughout the summer, forming a wonderful contrast with the leaves. The Leaves Of The Tree Speaking of the leaves, they are lush and verdant, having one of the most famous shapes of any leaf in the plant kingdom. As the leaves turn colors in the autumn, they're not just one color. Gorgeous streaks of orange and yellow form throughout it, creating an almost kaleidoscopic effect as the eyes take in the majesty of the plant. TN Nursery Offers Healthy And Affordable Plants Because this plant has so many colors, it goes well with many perennials of different shades, accentuating the colors of the other plants in the garden and vice versa. Because it is such a large plant for any garden, it's just right as a host for epiphytic plants to grow upon it. In this way, this plant can be integrated into the garden. Environmental Impact Of The Red Maple Tree Particularly for bumble bees, this plant is a necessary part of the food cycle as winter turns to spring. Because it flowers so early, it provides an exceptional source of pollen and nectar for hungry pollinators before almost any other plants bloom or produce leaves. These plants also help prevent soil erosion with their root systems, especially in areas with a wet climate.

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