Maple trees are abundant in northern regions like the midwest and the northeastern states. But maples are a very resilient and versatile tree that comes in many different species spread throughout the country. They make for beautiful landscaping and can easily become the centerpiece of your lawn. They can grow to extraordinary heights and can live for centuries if left alone. The Peach State doesn’t have a reputation for fall colors like our northern neighbors, but our trees can still put on quite a show, and maples make up a large part of that. Here is a list of the best maples to plant in your Georgia lawns.
There are several varieties of maple that grow in the wilderness of Georgia. When they are transplanted in our yards, they can grow thicker than they can in a cramped forest where they are in constant competition for light and nutrients with other trees. Maples are one of the best shade trees you can find because of their thick wide leaves that can block almost all of the sun’s harsh rays. Whether you are landscaping for a home or business, maples make any yard beautiful and attractive.
The striped maple is smaller when compared to other maple family members, only reaching a maximum height of 40 feet. It grows naturally in Georgia’s forests, where it is used to not receiving a lot of light. In the spring it produces clusters of yellowish-green flowers. It has an appealing light striping on the bark, especially on younger trees and branches. It is best to plant striped maples in shady areas of your yard with moist, acidic soil.
Despite its deceiving name, the red maple is not actually red in the spring and summer. Its brilliant show of bright red foliage does not appear until the fall, but you will know why it gets its name when you see it. The red maple is the most common maple tree in the Eastern United States. In the wild, this tree can grow up to 100 feet, but cultivars purchased at nurseries usually top 60 to 70 feet with a 30 to 50-foot spread. The red maple is an excellent shade tree, and just one or two could provide an entire deck or patio refreshing cool shade in the summer.
Red maples prefer to be in moist acidic soil and full sun to partial shade
The southern sugar maple is a close relative to the sugar maples found in northern climates. The only real difference is that it is a much shorter and stouter tree, topping at about 40 feet and spreading to 35 feet. It doesn’t show off as impressively as other maples, but it does well as a shade tree. The southern sugar maple is more resilient to Georgia’s hot and humid climate than the northern sugar maple. It likes moist, acidic soils best and struggles during the dry summers if there isn’t enough rain. In the fall, its leaves turn orange, yellow or reddish-brown.
Here at Environmental Turf Management, we have over two decades of experience taking care of and dealing with problems that face Georgia trees. We know how important and valuable trees are to homeowners. With our tree and shrub program, we take special care of your investments and give them the nutrients they need to thrive and live for generations.
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