Too early for sugar maple seeds?

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  1. cc-rider

    cc-rider Baroness of TisaWee Farm Supporter

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    When do the sugar maple seeds start to fall? I know that they are in the fall (the other maples are in the spring). Can't find the info anywhere! I'm in zone 5, by the way.

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  2. BCR

    BCR Well-Known Member

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    Our maples let their 'helicopters' go in the spring. I am still plucking up self-started maple trees from my garden beds.

    Were you there in the spring to watch the seeds take flight?
     

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    cc-rider Baroness of TisaWee Farm Supporter

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    I believe that MOST maples do their helicoptering in the spring, but sugar maples do it in the fall. I'm trying to find some seeds this fall, but didn't know if it was too early.

    Yep, they're cool to watch!
     
  4. kabri

    kabri Almst livin the good life

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    Our bit leaf maples and vine maples release all their seeds in the fall.... all over everything! Ever try to get those things out of the cracks between the boards in a deck?????? They don't sprout until spring, they stay soggy all winter where they fall.
     
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    You might be happier with the outcome if you will take cuttings from the nicest tree you can find. It will be more resistant to disease than the majority.
     
  6. cc-rider

    cc-rider Baroness of TisaWee Farm Supporter

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    The neighbors probably won't mind me picking up seeds off the sidewalk, but I'm sure they'd be ticked if I took a cutting! :) I'm in a town -- they aren't the friendly chat-over-the-back-fence-type of neighbor.