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dull sugar maple

Posted by kjskjs VA zone 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 10, 08 at 21:47

I have a young sugar maple (about 3-4 years old, or 2 inch trunk diameter). It has always given what I would call a rather bland, blah yellow to brown fall color in fall. I bought the tree from the National Arbor foundation. What I really wanted was a very bright yellow orange with hints of red color-just like the pictures on some of the recent posts. Do you think there is any hope of the tree getting more brilliant with time or would I be happier replanting a variety from a reputable nursery.

The tree is very healthy and I believe my soil is fine but I'm not impressed with the fall colors at all. (it is consistent year to year).

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RE: dull sugar maple

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 11, 08 at 15:36

Coming from them it would probably be a seedling - a plant raised from seed. Maybe you got a lemon. Best bet might be to buy a replacement in fall, from a local outlet so you can see for sure that it is one capable of coloring well in your vicinity.

RE: dull sugar maple

Fall color on maples trees is evident even in tiny seedlings. If it looks dull now, it will probably look like that forever. I would get rid of it and find a nice named cultivar with dependable color.


RE: dull sugar maple

OK Thanks for the info. I just ordered a "Green Mountain" from Forest Farm. I'll see how this looks next fall.

RE: dull sugar maple

Did Forrest Farm ship it out this fall or they waiting until the spring? I've had EXCELLENT luck ordering from them and they have a great selection.

I think of tree buying as being kinda like dog buying. If you want a tree or dog that's going to do something exactly then buying that named cultivar or will be best. Mutts can be healthier than purebreds in many cases to, so nothing wrong with them.

RE: dull sugar maple

Yes, Forest Farm shipped in fall (November). Trees arrived healthy and nicely packaged.
I like mutts too but I'm really after a beautiful bright orange/yellow color. It's amazing how colors differ so much between different sugar maples.

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