Maple Trees
Q.

I Would Like To Replace A 90s Conifer Bed With An Acer One. When Would Be Best Time To Do This?

Stonechat added on November 8, 2019 | Answered

The bed is in a south facing garden but overshadowed by neighbour’s ash and sycamore trees. Can you recommend acers that would do well in this situation?

A.
A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
BushDoctor
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on November 8, 2019

Planting, really, depends on where you are located. Usually, late Spring after the threat of freezing temperatures. Even better will be to wait until the temperatures rise into the 50's. This will help with faster transplant.

There is, still, the issue of making the bed suitable for a Maple. Likely, you will have to test the soil, and bring the pH up. You may not have to add nutrients, but a soil test will confirm.

There are many trees in the genus, Acer, that will do well in shade. The Silver Maple, or Acer saccharinum will tolerate shade very well. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/maple/growing-silver-maple-trees.htm

The Norway Maple or Acer platanoides can be a good shade option as well. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/maple/growing-norway-maple-trees.htm

Another shade Acer is the Korean Maple, or Acer pseudosieboldianum. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/maple/growing-korean-maple-trees.htm

Shantung maple trees (Acer truncatum) will be one more option that you can choose. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/maple/growing-shantung-maples.htm

The most obvious will be the Japanese Maple, as they are shade tolerant. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/japanese-maple/japanese-maple-care.htm

Finally, if you are willing to look outside of the genus, Acer- There are many options for shade trees available. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/trees-for-shady-areas.htm

10
Was this answer useful?

Stonechat
Answered on November 11, 2019

Thank you for this very comprehensive answer!

00
Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Maple Trees
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert

Learn More