Maple ( Acer ) Seeds

Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
Tips for propagation by Seed: Most acer seeds often take one to two years to germinate because of an immature embryo and a hardened seed coat. To reduce the waiting period, scarify the seed, then cold stratify for 30 days, then place in damp peat at a temperature of 80 to 90°F for four to five months by which the seed should began to germinate. Place the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle.
Due to the difficulty in germinating some of these seeds, we make no warranty other than to replace seeds that do not germinate.


ACER10 Trident Maple ( Acer buergerianum )
The trident maple is a very popular species for bonsai, due to its small, three-lobed leaves, a readily-thickening trunk, and thick, gnarly roots which adapt well to root-over-rock style. A small tree, the trident maple usually grows only to 20 ft. in nature with yellow blooms in early Spring. Hardiness Range: 5A - 9A, Mature Height Outside: 25' to 50' / 7.60m to 15.20m Outside Requirements: prefers partial shade or partial sun to full sun; soil should be moist.
$3.50 Per Pack of 20 seeds.
ACER72 Vine Maple ( Acer Circinatum )
Deciduous tree, to 20 meters high, it has a short, crooked trunk, with twisted, spreading limbs and a low, irregularly shaped crown. The trunk sometimes grows almost horizontally and may root if it touches the ground. Vine maple occurs most frequently on moist soils, rich in nitrogen, particularly along the banks of streams and wet sites. It can live in the shade but also occurs in openings in the forest. Vine maple and alder are often the first trees to establish after landslides. Indians have used vine maple occasionally for bows and frames for fishing nets. Some groups used the wood for making snowshoes and cradle frames.
Its long straight shoots are appreciated for making an openwork basket with a crossed-warp twine or a broad-spaced checker board weave. These baskets are used for general household utility, such as carrying wood, clams, and fish. Some used saplings as swings for baby cradles. Also salmon tongs were made from the wood. In many places it is used for firewood, and the charcoal was mixed with oil for black paint.
Best suited for zones 7-9.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER73 Devil Maple ( Acer diabolicum )
The appeal of this tree is in its large unusual fruit and bark. A rare maple from Japan's southern mountain forests. Aptly named for the spur like 'horn' that curl up at the seed coat base. In spring bright red pendulous flower clusters are very conspicuous and much loved by butterflies and bees. Leaves resemble Acer macrophyllum in shape but just less than half their size. Orange fall display. Moderate sized tree reaching 11m. Heat and flood tolerant. Smooth gray bark becomes pebbled like elephant skin with age.
Best suited for zones 5-9.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER30 Snakebark Maple ( Acer Davidii )
Also known as David's Maple. Deciduous tree with attractive green and white bark. Dark green leaves turn glorious orange in autumn. Grows to 45 feet outside. This tree has green bark with thin white stripes. Better grown in partial shade to avoid bark scald damage by the sun in the Winter.
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers part shade, particularly in hot summer climates. Also prefers acidic soils that are kept consistently moist. Best performance occurs in cool summer climates such as the Pacific Northwest. Plants do not perform well in the heat and humidity of the deep South. Hardy to zone 5.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER70 Paperbark Maple ( Acer Griseum )
This small, deciduous, oval to oval-rounded paperbark maple tree is noted for its peeling, cinnamon to reddish brown bark. Trifoliate leaves are dark green, but turn red in the fall. Seed is a two winged samara. The paperbark maple is a wonderful small tree for tight spaces. It matures at about 20 to 30 feet and produces an exceptionally attractive, cinnamon to reddish-brown exfoliating bark that provides good winter interest. It has no serious pest problems and develops a reddish fall color matched by few others. Grow in full sun to part shade and medium wet soils. Best suited for zones 4-8.
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ACER74 Fernleaf Full Moon Maple ( Acer Japonicum )
Also known as Downy Maple. This small tree has a graceful, rounded form and spectacular, rounded, deeply cut, dark green leaves that turn rich ruby-crimson color in autumn. An outstanding accent, especially effective in fall.
Best suited for zones 5-7.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER71 Flying Moth Maple ( Acer Oblongum )
Not sure where the name Flying Moth comes from, but we suspect it comes from the small, yellow-green flowers, in short clusters, appearing with leaves, it is also known as the Evergreen Maple, it is native of Pakistan and India. The tree grows up to 30 feet tall. It grows in the lower foothills and in moist forests, especially near streams.
The foliage display takes a reddish tint when young and later becomes dark green. The leaves are 5 to 18 cm long and 2-8 cm wide. This maple is considered as evergreen or semi-evergreen. The tree’s bark can be smooth or wrinkled and the trunk is irregular at the base. The twigs are red-brownish and slender. It produces small greenish-white flowers with narrow petals. The seeds are produced from October to November.
Acer oblongum likes a partially shaded exposure. It prefers acid and neutral soils that are well-drained. This plant can grow in heavy clay soil. Best suited for zones 7-9.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER85 Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple ( Acer palmatum matsumurae )
A striking American cultivar of the "ribbon-leaf" group of Japanese Maples with red coloration comparablre to Burgundy wine. This is a spreading-type, small tree ( about 12 feet tall ) which develops a wide ( 15 feet ) canopy when given room. While upright, it is classed in the shorter tree group. Hardy and beautiful, it makes an excellent contrast with other upright palmatums. It will fit into smaller landscape plantings with judicious pruning. Best suited for zones 5-9, but can also be tub grown.
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ACER60 Japanese Maple ( Acer palmatum )
Green leafed, upright Japanese Maple widely used as a landscape specimen in Japanese gardens. Hardy to zone 5, grows to 30 ft. tall, but can be grown as an interesting container plant when young.
$3.50 Per Pack of 20 seeds.
ACER61 Japanese Red Maple ( Acer palmatum atropurpurea )
The most sought after maple! Foliage is purplish-red becoming green in late summer, deeply lobed. Red fall color. Good for zones 5-8 outside, but becoming a favorite indoor patio plant and bonsai specimen. Insignificant small reddish-purple flowers in May-June. Deciduous.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER77 Red Lace Leaf Japanese Maple ( Acer palmatum matsumurae )
Seeds are from beautiful red lace leaf trees. The mother trees are mound forming red cut leaved types. The resulting seedlings may or may not resemble the mother plants.
Best suited for zones 5-7.
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ACER79 Green Lace Leaf Japanese Maple ( Acer palmatum matsumurae )
Seeds are from beautiful red lace leaf trees. The mother trees are mound forming red cut leaved types. The resulting seedlings may or may not resemble the mother plants.
Best suited for zones 5-7.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER88 Ever Red Japanese Maple ( Acer palmatum matsumurae )
Vertrees describes Ever Red in his book "Japanerse Maples" as having new spring growth that is covered in very fine silvery hairs making it look almost grey. The deep red color of this dissected leaf variety also holds well into the summer. It is a vigorous growing cultivar with old specimens reaching 12 to 16 feet high. As with most seed collected from cultivars the resulting seedlings may vary from the mother tree.
Best suited for zones 5-9.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER78 Shigitatsu Sawa Maple ( Acer palmatum matsumurae )
The mother trees that these seeds were collected from is a strongly variegated cultivar, with arguably the most interesting colored leaves of any Japanese Maple. Each individual leaf exhibits shades of pink, yellow and green. They are small trees or large shrubs. The resulting seedlings may or may not resemble the mother plants.
Best suited for zones 5-7.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER90 Inaba Shidare Japanese Maple ( Acer palmatum matsumurae )
This deep red disectum variety tends to be more upright than many cultivars and then cascades down from a higher starting point. it holds its color well in the summer and then turns a beautiful scarlet in the fall. As with all seed collected from cultivars the seedlings may or may not resemble the mother tree.
Best suited for zones 5-9.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER66 Red Maple ( Acer rubrum )
A small to large tree often planted as an ornamental with notable variation in size and form depending on its site. While this tree may attain a height of 120' and grow 5' in diameter under ideal conditions, it more commonly grows 40'-50' in height with diameters of 1 1/2' - 2 1/2'. It has a narrow or rounded compact crown, and due to prolific sprouting, this tree often grows in clumps of stems from one stump. It also occurs as a single boled tree. The Red maple is a native American tree found throughout the eastern United States from the Atlantic ocean to the prairies, from South Florida to Canada. Although it is most commonly found on moist bottomlands or in swamps, it also occurs in drier soils. This versitile tree is suitable for shade as an ornamental, with the added bonus of adding spring and fall color. Known as soft maple to the forest products trade, red maple lumber is used in the furniture industry and smaller trees are also used to make high quality paper.
Suitable for zones 4-9, this handsome shade tree displays red coloring during different seasons of the year. It has the distinction of having the greatest north to south distribution of all trees on the east coast. Pioneers once made ink and cinnamon-brown and black dyes from an extract of the bark. Red maple is prized as an ornamental shade tree because of its rapid growth, highly colored flowers and fruit and spectacular fall colors.
$3.50 Per Pack of 20 seeds.
ACER86 Florida Sugar Maple ( Acer saccharum floridanum )
This tree is very similar to the sugar maple (Acer saccharum), which occurs farther north in the Appalachians. It is a smaller tree than the sugar maple with a similar large, dense, round crown.
The bark is light gray and smooth, becoming darker, thicker, and more furrowed as the tree matures. Makes an excellent shade tree. It is a source of maple sugar. Has wonderful fall colors. One of the best maples for the south.
Best suited for zones 7-9.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER89 Ogurayama Full Moon Maple ( Acer shirasawanum Ogurayama )
Every Fall the brilliant display of colors persists for several weeks. The attractive display of rich orange blended with scarlet dominates its portion of the garden. Silvery lime-green in spring, turning to orange/scarlet in fall. A compact maple only growing about 10-12 feet tall and wide. As with most seed collected from cultivars the resulting seedlings may vary from the mother tree.
Best suited for zones 5-9.
$3.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
ACER75 Sode-no-uchi Maple ( Acer sieboldianum )
Sode-no-uchi is a gorgeous small maple with bright green leaves. Brilliant fall colors make this maple spectacular in the fall. A shrubby tree to 10 feet tall, it sports small almost round 9 lobed leaves which are a green tinged with red in the summer and gold to purple in the fall.
Best suited for zones 5-7.
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