How to Grow Red Maple Trees in Alberta

The red maple turns a brilliant color in the fall.
The red maple turns a brilliant color in the fall. (Image: Japanese maple image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

The maple tree is a widely recognized symbol of Canada. Not only is its image on the national flag, but it grows commonly throughout the country, according to Canadian Gardening. According to Dave’s Garden, the red maple may grow to a height of over 40 feet. However, due to the shorter growing season in Canada, your red maple may be smaller. Ensure your red maple’s success with proper sunlight, watering and fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Maple tree
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer

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Plant your red maple tree in the spring. This is especially important in Alberta’s climate, as it will allow the tree time to grow and establish itself before the winter sets in again. Select a planting site with full to partial sunlight. The soil should drain well and may range from a 6.1 to a 7.8 pH value.

Dig a large hole. Fast Growing Trees Nursery recommends digging a hole that is at least four times the size of the rootball. Place the tree in the hole and spread the roots out. Tamp dirt down around the roots to eliminate air pockets. Fill the hole partially with soil. Water thoroughly, and then fill in the rest of the soil. Water again.

Water your tree every week, giving it about 1 1/2 inches, according to Fast Growing Trees Nursery. If the leaves turn a light shade of green, cut back on the watering.

Fertilize your red maple with a 10-10-10 slow-release fertilizer. Fast Growing Trees Nursery recommends fertilizing once per month during the summer and twice per month in the spring. However, due to the typically colder climate in Alberta, wait to fertilize in the spring until you see signs of growth. When the tree begins to turn dormant again in the fall, stop fertilizing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although your red maple will become dormant in the fall, its roots will still grow. Before the ground begins to freeze, water the tree thoroughly.

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