by Connie Oswald Stofko
Maple trees in my neighborhood are heavy with seeds, and some trees have few leaves.
“These things happen in cycles,” said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County.
No one knows why it happens; it may follow a period of stress for the tree, he said. But since no one knows what conditions produce a bumper crop of seeds, there’s no way to predict when it will happen.
What gardeners may notice is that some maples will have a lot of seed pods and not many leaves.
“It takes a lot of energy for the seeds to form,” Farfaglia explained. When the tree drops the seeds, it will produce more leaves.
While you may be annoyed by maple seeds filling your gutters or sprouting in your garden beds, your tree will be fine.