The Fall color appears in the leaves with less energy from the sun, the chlorophyll breaks down ( the pigment that causes the leaves to be green), and the green color disappears. As chlorophyll goes away, other pigments start to show their colors turning the leaves on deciduous trees shades of yellow /orange and red in fall.
At this time of year in New
Maples are renowned trees for fall color. One of the earliest trees to start the color transformation is the Red Maple, Acer rubrum contributing the most intense red/scarlet fall color
Red Maples are an adaptable species, widely distributed throughout
To ensure you get the best fall color out of your Red Maples, choose seed from a variety that exhibits the deep red shades. Growing from seed gives you the advantage of seedlings with the most intense fall
Choosing seed from a healthy tree is
produce weak offspring. Collect the seed in the spring for Red and Silver Maple, the fall for most others, after the seed has matured to a brown color.
Dry the seed for long term cold storage or keep in moist stratification to break dormancy for germination.