Why plant Audubon® Native Silver Maple Treeling?
Looking to create bird habitat in a hurry? Silver Maple is the easiest option for you. This eager native shade tree gets right to work. Growing lightning-fast, it soon creates a lofty canopy, where birds can feed, perch, nest, and raise their young. In addition, the foliage hosts a wide array of caterpillars, leafhoppers, and other bugs, which birds such as chickadees and cardinals consider fine dining. Grosbeaks and finches are particularly fond of the seeds. In mature trees, cavities may develop in the trunk, and in rural areas, owls, ducks, and woodpeckers will take up residence there. Get that backyard bird habitat started—pronto!
Native to most of the eastern U.S. and highly adaptable, Silver Maple is a common sight just about everywhere. Its pretty, silver-backed leaves flutter in the wind in hedgerows, on farms, on suburban lots, and even in the heart of the city. In the wild, it occurs most often near water, and there is where it achieves its most luxurious growth. Fun fact: Mature Silver Maple Trees can be tapped for syrup! The sap isn’t as sweet as that of Sugar Maple, so it need to boil longer, but the finished result is just as delicious.
How to use Audubon® Native Silver Maple Treeling in the landscape?
Tiny, bright red Silver Maple flowers are a harbinger of spring, giving us hope that change is in the air and warmer weather is here to stay. Interestingly, the blossoms of a Silver Maple Tree may be all male or all female, or there may be some of each. Even more intriguing, the gender of the flowers can change from year to year. Trees are incredible!
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
How To Plant Audubon® Native Silver Maple Treeling
Plant Silver Maple in a sunny spot in just about any type of soil (even clay). Though it prefers good drainage and average amounts of water, it will also grow in that low spot in your yard that stays a little soggy after a rain. When it is young, this tree has smooth, thin bark that is susceptible to injury, so one thing you will want to be careful about is to not damage it with string trimmers or other equipment. Silver Maple has a tendency to lose limbs in ice storms. Don’t plant it near buildings; reserve it for open spaces on large properties.
How To Water
Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water very slowly and very thoroughly. The water needs to reach to the bottom of the root ball and that takes time. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
The best time to prune your Silver Maple is in late winter to early spring, when it is dormant. For structural pruning, you should remove any branching that is growing at an angle of 30 degrees or less.