Michigan is well-known for its trees and dense lush forests ideal for hiking and exploring. The tree that makes up most of Michigan’s diverse forests is the maple tree. Maple trees are very diverse themselves, coming in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. Deciding which maple is the right fit for your yard can be a challenge because each one is beautiful and sure to fit in any area of your yard.
Sugar maples are coveted for their delicious maple syrup but they also make a great shade tree. These trees can reach up to 75 feet tall and 50 feet wide. Plant these beauties along your driveway or in the back yard to provide shade for you and your family in the blistering heat. Sugar maples, like most maples, have a naturally beautiful shape which makes them a very low maintenance tree. In the fall the sugar maple puts on a brilliant show of reds, oranges, and yellows in one of the most beautiful displays of fall colors you will see.
Red maples are so named for the brilliant shades of red they display in the fall. During the spring and summer, these trees look like any other maple except its leaves are much smaller. They can grow up to 70 feet tall and provide plenty of shade for any backyard. Red maples are also iconic for their “helicopters” or seeds that twirl down on the wind. These can be collected and planted to grow your own red maples. Red maples can also be tapped for maple syrup in the fall.
Unlike the red maple, the crimson maple’s leaves are red all year long. If you are looking for a tree to pop out from the rest of the trees in your yard, this is it. Its breathtaking deep crimson leaves is an enjoyable sight for anyone. They do not grow as tall as other maples (35-45 feet and 25-30 feet wide) but they add an interesting variety and color to your landscapes.
Silver maples are a great tree for displaying in your yard. The underside of their leaves is a soft white color that makes the tree take on a “silver” appearance on gusty days. These giants can grow up to 75 or even 80 feet tall and 45 feet wide. Be sure to think carefully before planting a silver maple in your yard. They need plenty of sunlight and plenty of space to spread out. If you have under an acre of land, one silver maple will be enough to shade your lawn.
Maple trees are one of the most popular and widely used trees in commercial and residential landscaping in Michigan and for good reason. They are easy to care for, do well in poor soils, look amazing, and they provide unrivaled levels of shade from the summer sun. Their thick canopies also make attractive homes for Robins and wildlife.
At Go Green, we take pride in caring for the environment, which means keeping your trees safe and healthy. There are a lot of pests and diseases that can severely harm or even kill your trees regardless of how old they are.
With our comprehensive tree and shrub program, we can treat for pests, diseases, and fungus that harm your trees. We also provide deep root feeding and dormant oil applications.
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