Maple trees symbolize balance, offering, practical magic, promise, longevity, generosity, and intelligence. One reason behind these meanings is that maple trees have the ability to adapt to many different soil types and climates. The maple syrup produced from these trees was an important food source for Native Americans and has come to represent success and abundance.
We even have a town named after the maple tree, Maplewood, New Jersey.
In New Jersey, there are many trees native to the state, including the maple tree.
3 Most Common Types of Maple Trees
Roughly 45% of the land in New Jersey is covered in forests, and in these locations you’ll find a number of species of trees. This includes several types of maple, which are strong, large trees that do a great job at providing shade and at brightening up the landscape during the fall season when its leaves turn all shades of yellow, orange, and red.
Red Maple (Acer Rubrum)
Red maple trees can also be called soft maples, although the wood is not too soft to make items such as musical instruments, veneer, and even furniture. Red maple is the most abundant native tree in the eastern part of the United States, and it matures to be roughly 100 feet in height. It is also very adaptable thanks to the fact that it can grow just about anywhere, regardless of the surrounding soil and site conditions.
Red maples do well in urban areas such as Mountainside and Summit, New Jersey because of its large root system, and in addition to everything else, the sap is used to make the tasty maple syrup that everyone loves.
Ashleaf Maple (Acer Negundo)
The Ashleaf maple is also called the Box Elder maple, and it grows fast, but is short-lived. These maple trees are the one we remove the most. Ashleaf maples are found in most continents across the globe, and the largest ones grow to 80-feet in height. In addition, the tree often forms more than one trunk, and it usually lives for up to 60 years.
The wood of the tree is close-grained and rather soft, so it isn’t used too much commercially. It does, however, get used by woodturners for items such as pens, bowls, and stemware.
Scarlett Maple (Acer Rubrum)
The Scarlett maple is a cultivar of the Red maple tree and has leaves that look similar to the leaves on a Silver maple, which means they have five lobes. This is another type of maple tree that grows very fast, and the leaves are yellow-orange to orange-red in color during the fall months.
Although other types of maples are used more often to make syrup, the Scarlett maple tree is sometimes used and produces great-tasting syrup. They do, however, need to be harvested before the buds occur.
The Red Scarlet Maple is an ideal moderate-growing shade tree. In the early spring expect red-tinted, winged seeds that leaf out emerald green. Then in the fall, the leaves turn a gorgeous red-orange color. Red Scarlet Maple Trees are perfect for lining pathways or driveways, or just as shade trees in your yard.
Do you have a Maple Tree that needs Tree Care?
Brennan’s Tree Service offers several tree care services for maple trees.
- Planting Maple Trees
- Fertilizing Maple Trees
- Maple Trimming & Pruning
- Maple Tree Removal