Can I graft a red maple (the red maple that has red leaves or crimson leaves...

Asked August 9, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

Can I graft a red maple (the red maple that has red leaves or crimson leaves all summer) to a sugar maple? And if so , when is the best time of year to do this?

Baraga County Michigan trees and shrubs grafting

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Maples belong to the genus Acer. The tree you are referring to is a cultivar of Norway maple (Acer platanoides). Sugar maple is a different species of maple (Acer saccharum). According to the University of Vermont, there is a 50 percent success rate when grafting two trees within the same genus but different species. To further complicate matters, the genus Acer is so diverse that it is divided into sections, and some of the sections have been broken down into series.

Norway maple and sugar maple are in two different sections. This means they have some biological dissimilarities, making grafting between the two trees difficult if not impossible. According to the University of Washington, Norway maple cannot be grafted on sugar maple. You can find this information at the following website. You will need to scroll down to the section on “grafting”.

http://depts.washington.edu/propplnt/Chapters/Layering%20and%20grafting.pdf

The following site contains more information about grafting incompatibility.

http://www.hort.cornell.edu/grafting/specific.grafting/compatibility.html

You can find more information about grafting by doing an internet search for “biology of Grafting”.

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