Silver Maple Planting Information

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To celebrate the final weekend of C02 Sequestration via Trees at Conestoga Mall, there will be a silver maple seedling giveaway on Saturday October 26 and Sunday, October 27 from 11 am to 3 pm while quantities last.

Here’s a “How to” for transplanting your small silver maple saplings:

  1. Plant your maple saplings right away! Don’t wait for spring. Maples grow best in a well drained loamy to sandy loam soil.
  2. Young Maples need, at the least, partial shade during their early years of development – until they are 1.2 – 2.0 m in height. Choose a planting location that provides them with at least 6 – 8 hours of protection from direct (full) sunlight during the warmest part of the day. At the selected planting site, remove any surface litter and dig a hole at least twice a wide and 1 1/2 times the depth of the pot.
  3. Wet the soil in the containers;  remove your sapling from container.
  4. Place a few cm of fertile soil in the bottom of the planting hole before centering the sapling in the hole to a position that is level with the surrounding soil surface.
  5. Water the sapling/soil mass and the soil surface within the hole; allow to drain before filling around the sapling with soil dug from the hole earlier.
  6. Form a saucer shaped depression around the sapling by using the toe of your shoe to firm the soil around the sapling and in the hole. Rainfall and water will collect in this saucer and soak into the soil to support tree growth.
  7. To check if the sapling is firmly set into place, grasp the stem and gently pulling upward. If there is resistance, the sapling is planted properly and its roots are in contact with surrounding soil.
  8. Add 3 – 4 cm of mulch to the soil surface around the sapling, extending the mulch to cover an area of 25 – 30 cm square to reduce moisture evaporation and weed growth.
  9. In nature maple saplings develop (grow) under the the shade of the mature trees around them. They will grow under these conditions for many years waiting for an opening to develop in the canopy above them. When this happens, the saplings grow rapidly and compete with each other to fill the opening.


Written by Carl Mansfield, Arboreal Consultant, Maple Leaves Forever