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.


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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.
300mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $3.50
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B1717 Amur Maple ( Acer ginnala )
A fast growing small and dainty gray-barked tree with white flowers and brilliant fall colors. Excellent specimen for small yards or patios.
Good to 8,500 feet elevation in Colorado. Hardy for zones 2-8. Requires a pH of 7.5 or less.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
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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.
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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.
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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 10 seeds.
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ACER91 Silver Maple ( Acer saccharum )
The silver maple is often planted as an ornamental tree because of its rapid growth and ease of propagation and transplanting. It is highly tolerant of urban situations, and is frequently planted next to streets. However, its quick growth produces brittle wood, and is commonly damaged in storms. The silver maple's root system is shallow and fibrous, and easily invades septic fields and old drain pipes; it can also crack sidewalks and foundations.
It is a vigorous resprouter, and if not pruned, will often grow with multiple trunks. Although it naturally is found near water, it can grow on drier ground if planted there. In ideal natural conditions, A. saccharinum may live up 130 years, but in urban environments often 80 or less.
Following WWII, silver maples were commonly used as a landscaping and street tree in suburban housing developments and cities due to their rapid growth, especially as a replacement for the blighted American Elm.
Wildlife uses the silver maple in various ways. In many parts of the eastern U.S., the large rounded buds are one of the primary food sources for squirrels during the spring, after many acorns and nuts have sprouted and the squirrels' food is scarce.
The seeds are also a food source for squirrels, chipmunks and birds. The bark can be eaten by beaver and deer. The trunks tend to produce cavities, which can shelter squirrels, raccoons, opossums, owls and woodpeckers.
Native Americans used the sap of wild trees to make sugar, as medicine, and in bread. They used the wood to make baskets and furniture. An infusion of bark removed from the south side of the tree is used by the Mohegan for cough medicine.

Best suited for zones 3-9.
$3.50 Per Pack of 5 seeds ( soft seeds with long curved wings ).
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.