There are several types of maple that can be grown in Moose Jaw. All produce distinct seeds with curved wings and have opposite bud arrangement.
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo): Green leaf color turning yellow in fall. Brandon is a fast growing male selection (seedless). A hardy native tree, tolerant of drought and a variety of soil conditions. Can be tapped in March to make syrup with a unique flavour. Large tree good for shade and boulevard plantings, but susceptible to aphids. Height. 12 m; Width 10 m; Full sun. Zone 2.
Silver Maple Silver Cloud (Acer saccharinum “Silver Cloud”): Maple leaf shaped, five lobed leaves medium-green above and silver-white beneath with a yellow fall color and red petioles. It has smooth silver-grey bark when young. Tends to grow upright, symmetrical and fast growing. Large tree, good for shade and boulevard plantings. Height: 15 m Width: 8 m. Prefers full sun. Hardiness Zone 2
Amur Maple (Acer tataricum var. ginnala or Acer ginnala): Three lobed leaves, green turning brilliant scarlet in fall. Produces red seeds in late summer – intensity of red depends on cultivar. Compact, dense form valued where privacy is a concern. Smaller ornamental tree, can be clump form or single-trunked. Full sun to partial shade. Height: 6 m Width: 4 m. Zone 2.
Tatarian Maple (Acer tatericum): Similar to the amur maple, with bright red seed wings in late summer and red to orange fall colour, depending on the cultivar. “Hot wings” is a popular cultivar with an upright spreading crown and tolerant of alkaline soils. Height 8 m; Width 6 m. Full sun or partial shade. Zone 3.
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Distinct maple leaf shape, beautiful red fall color. Some columnar and upright oval varieties available. Larger shade tree. Height: 12 m; Width: 8 m. Prefers full sun and acidic soils. Hardiness Zone 3.