Maples can come in many different sizes and styles. Some become large trees. Others become small-medium sized trees. There are even some varieties that do best as a large shrub.
The biggest challenge with maples is that they like acidic soil. Here in the Uintah Basin most of the soil is very alkaline. The alkaline soil binds important nutrients from being taken up by the roots of the maple trees. Maples easily get yellow leaves with dark green veins if they are not getting adequate amounts of iron from the soil. Therefore if you want to grow Maples in the area you should also plan on beginning a yearly chelated iron treatment to help the tree survive and thrive.
Disclaimer: This is a listing of varieties that have performed well in the area. This listing does not guarantee that the varieties are in stock. Please call to inquire if an item is in stock or not.
Maples that perform in our area:
Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' - Crimson King Maple - Form: Tree, Foliage: Red, Height: 35', Spread 35', Hardy Zones 4-7. Beautiful hard tree but it does require a regular dose of chelated iron to keep it healthy.
Acer tataricum 'GarAnn' - Hot Wings® Maple - Form: Small Tree or Shrub. Foliage: Green, Seed Color: Brilliant Red, Height: 20-25', Spread 15-20', Hardy Zones 3-6. Super adaptive to dry alkaline conditions. Performs very well in our area.
Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred' - Autumn Blaze® Maple - Form: Tree, Foliage: Green, Fall Foliage: Crimson Red, Height:50-60', Spread 40', A very drought tolerant tree. Adapts to alkaline soil but enjoys a yearly treatment of chelated iron. Hardy Zones 4-7.
Acer x freemanii 'Sienna' - Sienna Glen® Maple - Form: Tree, Foliage: Green, Fall Foliage: Mostly red with some orange and yellow coloring, Height:50-60', Spread 40', Very tolerant of alkaline soil, but it still enjoys a yearly treatment of chelated iron. Hardy Zones 3-7.