How to Germinate Trident Maple Seeds


In spring, the trident maple (Acer buergeranum) blooms with bright yellow, eye-catching flowers. But the real show is in fall when its leaves turn shades of yellow, orange and red. If you don't have room in your yard for this 30-foot tree, the trident maple is also grown as a bonsai or container tree. Whether you plan to grow your trident maple as a bonsai, potted or landscape tree, start it in a small pot. Once the tree is a few inches tall, you can transplant it into the ground in warm weather or into another pot.

Step 1

Soak the seed in hot water for 24 hours.

Step 2

Fill a 4-inch pot to within 1/2 inch of its lip with potting soil. Pat the soil down gently with your hand to firm it and remove any air pockets.

Step 3

Water the soil until water drips out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.

Step 4

Plant the trident maple seed so that it is covered with 1/2 inch of soil.

Step 5

Place the trident maple's pot in a sunny spot that will remain at or above room temperature. Keep the soil moist until the seed germinates.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot with drainage hole(s)
  • Seed-starting potting soil
  • Watering can


  • United States Forest Service: Acer Buergeranum Trident Maple
  • Pascoe's Plants: Trident Maple Acer Buergerianum
  • Knowledge of Bonsai: Acer Buergerianum
  • Iowa State University: Germination of Tree Seed
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