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Silver Creek Nursery

Red Maple Seedling

Red Maple Seedling

Species: Acer rubrum

History: Red maples range from southern Canada across the eastern US and are considered the most common tree in eastern North America due to their ability to grow in an extremely wide range of conditions. Red maples are traditionally used by indigenous peoples for medicinal purposes and early colonizers used them to make dye. While red maples have some use for maple syrup and lumber, they are largely planted along streets and in gardens due to their quick growth, ability to tolerate a wide range of conditions, and attractive foliage. 

Why We Grow It: These lovely soft maples make excellent wildlife trees and have brilliant fall colours. While they can be used for maple syrup production, their sap has a lower sugar content than sugar maples and they tend to break dormancy sooner, meaning that more sap is required to make syrup and the window to do so is shorter. Instead, enjoy this tree for its visual appeal and ecological benefits! 

Fruit Specs

Recommended Use: Wildlife, maple syrup

Fruit Size: n/a

Storage: Maple syrup keeps up to two years in the fridge once opened, otherwise lasts indefinitely

Harvest: Late February to March for syrup

Growing Specs

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3

Soil Preference: Prefers loam but adaptable to different kinds of soil

Flowering Time: Spring

Bloom Colour: Red

Pollination Requirements: n/a

Sun/Shade Requirements:

Full sun to partial shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)

General Growth Habits:

Tree reaches 30m tall, vigorous

Shipping vs. Pick Up

CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.

Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

Size at Purchase

Our ungrafted fruit tree seedlings, nut tree seedlings, berries, and other miscellaneous plants are categorized into the following sizes excluding the roots:

  • 5-15cm
  • 15cm+
  • 30cm+
  • 60cm+
  • 90cm+

All of these heights exclude the roots since seedlings and some berries will often have a lot of root growth but relatively little vegetative growth (ex. our Shagbark Hickories seedlings are often 5-15cm above the soil but will have roots that reach 20cm+ in length).

Not all of our berries and seedlings will be available in all of these grades since growth rate can vary significantly across species and even varieties. While we remain competitive in our plant size, it's also worth noting we don't use synthetic chemicals to push vegetative growth, therefore you may find conventional nursery stock larger in some instances comparatively. 

Why plant small? It's best to transplant when a plant is young so it can establish its roots before it has a lot of vegetative growth. This is much less stressful on it and bareroot plants tend to catch up and even surpass larger potted ones planted at the same time, after a few years.

Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "too small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the plants are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.

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