Silver Maple Dropping Seeds - Little New Leafs

drock55May 21, 2008

I live in Centennial, Co (Denver Area)the Silver Maple in my front yard is dropping an enormous amount of seeds as of the last 5 days, and although there is new grow it is kind of sparse. I spoke to a local nursery they told me that so long as there is not apparent truck damage, that the drip line is moist, and that there is new grow, there is not too much to worry about - I'd like a second opinion.

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Normal.....some years the seed load is very heavy, initially at the expense of foliage.
It can be a sign that the tree is stressed for some reason, especially if the foliage doesn't fill in nicely later. Depending on the size of the tree, there can be very little you can do to alleviate the stress.

Your local nursery was correct.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2008 at 10:03AM
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I've noticed that here in Minneapolis. Many of the neighborhood silver maples are a bit sparse and just loaded with seeds. We've had several years of very hot and dry summers. Perhaps that is affecting them.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2008 at 8:35AM
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Seeing the same thing with our silver maple in our front yard. Nursery guy said it was stressed (tough summer and winter). We've got galls already too (ugh!). Nursery guy said all we could do to help was to water it. I've been a little stingy with the irrigation this year so it looks like it'll be getting a good soaking over the next weeks. Hope yours gets better as well, good luck.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 4:45PM
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