The Best Maple Trees for Michigan Yards
Maple trees are among the most common types of native trees found in Michigan and the most common tree to plant in Michigan yards. Maple trees are more than a source of maple syrup. Their lush and thick canopies provide unparalleled levels of shade from the summer heat. Their branches are attractive homes for Robins and other birds. When fall comes, maple trees are the stars of the show. Maple forests make up a large portion of Michigan’s trees. They put on such a spectacle of red, yellow, and orange in the fall they attract visitors from all over the country. If you are considering which type of tree to plant in your yard, maple should be at the top of the list.
Where Do Maple Trees Grow?
New homeowners planning their landscaping should consider carefully which types of trees grow well in their area. But if you live in Michigan, maples are everywhere. They are a very versatile tree that grows throughout most of the United States. Because of our cooler, northern climate, Michigan is an ideal habitat for maples trees to grow naturally. These hardy trees are one of the easiest trees to take care of in Michigan, which is why making them a part of your landscape is a must.
Silver maples are a great fast-growing tree for Michigan landscapes. These trees can recover quickly from wind damage and do great in poor soils. They should be planted in an area with plenty of direct sunlight. One silver maple can reach heights of 50 to 70 feet tall and get 30 to 45 feet wide, providing plenty of shade for a deck or patio. Silver maples are identified by their five-pointed leaves and white undersides that seem to shine in the wind.
The sugar maple is probably the most popular maple tree found throughout Michigan yards. That’s because just one of these impressive giants can make a huge statement in your landscape. Sugar maples are known for their delicious syrup, but these mighty trees can make a huge statement when planted in front or behind your home. These trees can grow to heights of 60 to 75 feet with a 40 to 50-foot spread in less than 20 years. That’s a lot of shade! Like most maples, sugar maples draw the eye all year long, especially in the fall when these mighty trees put on a show like no other.
Despite its colorful-sounding name, red maples aren’t red year-round like the crimson maple. They have a neat shape and smaller leaves than other maples. They can grow up to 70 feet tall and provide 30 to 50 feet of cooling shade in the summer. In the spring, small pink flowers bloom for a short time attracting pollinators. In the fall, the leaves turn a brilliant shade of red that is sure to light up your landscape.
Make PPM Your Trusted Tree Service
If you are looking to improve your landscape with new trees, call the tree care experts at PPM Tree Service and Arbor Care. We can plant your trees for you and make sure they grow straight and healthy. We have years of experience pruning, cabling, and removing dangerous trees.
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