Maple Trees in ND: Best Varieties for Your Landscape


The best varieties of maple trees for North Dakota are the silver maple, tatarian maple, embers amur maple, and sugar maple.

Silver Maple

The silver maple (Acer saccharinum) is native to Minnesota, but it can also thrive in North Dakota.

In fact, the largest silver maple tree in North Dakota is 66 feet tall with a canopy spread of 72 feet. This fast-growing tree is known for its silver-gray bark and delicate, five-lobed leaves.

In the fall, the leaves turn yellow or brown before falling off.

Silver maples are also known for their ability to tolerate wet soil, making them a great choice for areas with poor drainage.

Tatarian Maple

Tatarian maple (Acer tataricum) is a small tree that is admired for its vibrant fall colors. Some varieties that do well in North Dakota include Northfire, Northwood, Fall Fiesta, and Northern Flare.

These trees have a rounded shape and can grow up to 20 feet tall.

In the spring, they produce clusters of small, fragrant flowers that attract bees and other pollinators.

In the fall, the leaves turn shades of red, orange, and yellow, making them a beautiful addition to any landscape.

Embers Amur Maple

Embers amur maple (Acer ginnala ‘Embers’) is a rounded tree with medium green foliage and red fruit (samaras).

Its fall color is red, making it a great choice for adding a pop of color to your landscape.

This tree can grow up to 20 feet tall and is known for its ability to tolerate drought and poor soil conditions.

It also attracts birds with its fruit and provides a great habitat for wildlife.

Sugar Maple

Sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is a popular tree for its beautiful fall colors and its ability to produce maple syrup.

Northern Flare is a hardy northern sugar maple selection that exhibits excellent foliage quality, crown density, resistance to leaf tatter, and consistent attractive reddish coloration in the fall.

These trees can grow up to 80 feet tall and have a dense, rounded crown.

In the fall, the leaves turn shades of yellow, orange, and red, making them a stunning addition to any landscape.

FAQ

Q: Can I tap into maple trees in North Dakota to make maple syrup?

A: Yes, you can tap into silver maple or box elder trees to extract sweet sap. However, it’s important to note that the sugar content of the sap is lower in these trees than in sugar maple trees, so you may need to collect more sap to make the same amount of syrup.

Q: When is the best time to plant maple trees in North Dakota?

A: The best time to plant maple trees in North Dakota is in the spring or fall, when the weather is mild and the soil is moist. This gives the tree time to establish its roots before the hot summer or cold winter weather sets in.

Sources:

[1] https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/tree-selector/trees/4

[2] https://www.ndsu.edu/agriculture/extension/extension-topics/gardening-and-horticulture/trees-and-shrubs/tatarian-maple-trees-add

[3] https://thegardeningdad.com/best-trees-to-plant-in-north-dakota/

[4] http://library.nd.gov/statedocs/ForestService/TreesforND08-20111212.pdf

[5] https://www.kxnet.com/news/tapping-into-n-d-maples/

[6] http://www.ndsuresearchfoundation.org/northern_flare

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