Columnar Norway Maple

Product Code: mcolu

Maple, Columnare (Acer platanoides)
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The Columnar Norway Maple is more of a compact narrow form of Norway maple tree. This tree is very popular for buffer strips around parking lots or medium strip plantings in the highway. They can also be used for screens, specimens sidewalk cut-out in the landscape. This maple tree has been successfully grown in urban areas where air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and/or drought are common. The large, green leaves turn a beautiful yellow in fall. Mature size is around 50' tall x 15' wide. Hardiness zone 4.

Planting & Care for Trees – Norway Maple

Preparation

  • The Columnar Norway Maple is more of a compact narrow form of Norway maple tree.
  • This tree is very popular for buffer strips around parking lots or medium strip plantings in the highway.
  • They can also be used for screens, specimens sidewalk cut-out in the landscape.
  • This maple tree has been successfully grown in urban areas where air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and/or drought are common.
  • Mature size is around 50' tall x 15' wide.
  • Hardiness zone 4.
  • It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
  • Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun.
  • Norway maple has high tolerance to pollution and is adaptable to many soils including clay, sand or acidic conditions.
  • Adding a 3-inch layer of mulch helps the soil retain moisture and inhibits the growth of weeds. Pull the mulch back a few inches from the trunk to prevent rot.

Opening Plant Material

  • B&B - Soak root ball very well.
  • Each type of plant has an illustration on how to plant if you scroll down and click on the orange rectangular box “Handling & Plant Guidelines”.

Planting B&B trees

  • Plant B&B trees in spring or fall. A good indicator if you can still plant is if the ground is still workable you’re good to go. If a hard frost is expected be sure to hold off on planting.
  • Dig a hole at least 6" wider and no deeper than the size of the ball on the plant. Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move trees by the tops.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Backfill ½ of the hole with soil and completely saturate the soil with water.
  • Once the tree is straight and located as desired, cut and remove twine. Then, remove or bend back top ⅓ of metal basket. Lastly, remove exposed burlap from top of ball
  • Fill the hole to the top of the ball with soil, then soak well with water and let settle.
  • The top of the root ball should be visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Add mulch on top of soil making sure to not put mulch against the trunk or stems.
  • See our link below “Handling & Planting Guidelines” for illustrations on planting.

Pruning - After Planting

  • B&B - Although it is not essential for B&B to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Corrective pruning to remove dead, dying, and diseased branches should be done in winter.
  • Prune branches that grow into the center or rub against each other. Remove smaller branches up to two inches in diameter first. Sugar maple makes dense shade; removal of some branches in the center will let in sun and air. Cut small branches just outside the "collar", the thick fold of bark at the junction of the branch and its lateral. Cutting "flush" to the main branch injures the collar and cutting too far out leaves a "stub", both lengthening the healing time for the tree.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos for Norway Maple Trees

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The Columnar Norway Maple is more of a compact narrow form of Norway maple tree.
  • This tree is very popular for buffer strips around parking lots or medium strip plantings in the highway.
  • They can also be used for screens, specimens sidewalk cut-out in the landscape.
  • This maple tree has been successfully grown in urban areas where air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and/or drought are common.
  • The large, green leaves turn a beautiful yellow in fall.
  • Mature size is around 50' tall x 15' wide.
  • Hardiness zone 4.
  • This tree should only be grown in full sunlight.
  • It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
  • The fall color is bright gold but one of the types of Norway maple trees, Crimson King, develops deep reddish fall tones.
  • Norway maple has high tolerance to pollution and is adaptable to many soils including clay, sand or acidic conditions.
  • Adding a 3-inch layer of mulch helps the soil retain moisture and inhibits the growth of weeds. Pull the mulch back a few inches from the trunk to prevent rot.
  • Corrective pruning to remove dead, dying, and diseased branches should be done in winter.
  • Prune branches that grow into the center or rub against each other. Remove smaller branches up to two inches in diameter first. Sugar maple makes dense shade; removal of some branches in the center will let in sun and air. Cut small branches just outside the "collar", the thick fold of bark at the junction of the branch and its lateral. Cutting "flush" to the main branch injures the collar and cutting too far out leaves a "stub", both lengthening the healing time for the tree.

How & When to Prune Trees

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 4-7

Color: Green, Yellow
Plant Size: 50' tall x 15' wide
Fall Color: Yellow
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: No
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: No

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