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Posted by Tammy Sons on Jun 18, 2022
You might be shocked to learn that two Maples persist among the Top 10 most common trees in North America. The Red Maple overwhelming takes the top spot yearly, mainly because this variety remains a popular landscaping asset. Sugar Maples also earn top honors because no breakfast table can do without syrup to cover pancakes and waffles.
As a go-to Tennessee Maple Tree nursery, we provide healthy maple tree varieties that flourish in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Our complete inventory focuses on the type of Maple Trees that thrive in TN and neighboring states. And although Maple Trees can endure for more than 100 years, not every variety fits into a property owner’s landscape. We want to share the following information to support successful plantings and our community members making informed decisions about their tree needs.
Considered part of the Aceraceae family, Maple Trees trace their origins back more than 100 million years. Although many species disappeared during the Ice Age, approximately 128 varieties thrive in the Northern Hemisphere today. Their popularity in suburban landscapes allows ornamental varieties to flourish. The highly sought-after sap produces the delicious Maple Syrup found on breakfast tables. The dense wood of Maple Trees also makes them a lucrative timber resource. Although we tend to have a conventional understanding of Maple Trees, these exciting facts may enhance your appreciation.
Many TN property owners incorporate Maple Trees into landscapes because they provide shade, fit proportionally, and produce vibrant fall foliage. These factors tend to improve property values and curbside appeal, and enhance the leisure enjoyment of the grounds. Residents generally rate Red, Silver, and Sugar maples among this region's most popular.
The Red Maple remains a front yard darling because it checks many landscaping boxes. The variety matures to 40-60 feet, with branches spreading to a total width of about 40 feet. That places Red Maples among the mid-sized trees, making them ideal for suburban green spaces. Red Maple trees flourish in direct sunlight and grow by 2 feet annually. The country’s giant Red Maple reportedly grows in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the North Carolina-TN border.
This variety stands out due to its dark-green summer leaves that transition to yellow, red, and burnt-orange when autumn arrives. It prefers full sun to partial shade, requiring a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight to prosper. The Sugar Maple matures to 75 feet and spreads upwards of 50 feet. These attributes place it among large trees and make it less viable in front-yard landscapes. Growing at 12-24 inches annually, this variety typically forms a dense crown.
Along with producing the valuable sap used in Maple Syrup, these trees support wildlife such as white-tailed deer, squirrels, and snowshoe hare, among many others. Major League Baseball slugger Barry Bonds reportedly used a Sugar Maple bat to set a record for 73 home runs.
The Silver Maple also makes more sense as a backyard landscaping asset because it matures upwards of 80 feet. In some cases, this large tree can spread out even more expansive than its overall height. The Silver Maple is suitable for large rural properties and expansive backyards.
Homeowners who value shade and the gorgeous fall foliage routinely employ this tall, broad tree in front yard landscapes. It functions well as a standalone asset, with shade perennials underscoring it. Another upside to planting Silver Maple is that it can thrive under seemingly poor soil conditions when other ornamentals might not. Some argue that the sap from Silver Maples outpaces the quality of Sugar Maples.
We provide only the most delicate seedlings and stakes if you consider a landscape design from scratch or want to include colorful and hardy Maple Trees into an existing property. We hope this information is beneficial in your decision-making process. If you have any other questions or have decided, contact our TN nursery today.