denver maple seeds

Denver maple seeds

And here’s the rub–you can go to almost any nursery in Colorado (in fact around the United States, Canada and Europe as well) and find Hot Wings in several convenient sizes–which you can purchase and plant in your garden and get not only spectacular fall color, but a shapely small tree the rest of the year which has brilliant red fruits for much of the summer–which look as bright and dazzling as flowers for an extended period: it is apt to thrive for you on acid or alkaline soils, and once established in Colorado thrives with almost no supplemental irrigation: what’s not to love?

This is NOT the same maple as the one with Scott above–this is an Amur Maple (Acer ginnala) I photographed today (October 20) on West Colfax in front of a Box Store which I am NOT endorsing (although I confess I did by 50 of awesome plants while I was there. ). As the name suggests, Amur maples originate in the Amur river region of East Asia, the river that separates Manchuria from Siberia. No wonder the tree is so cold hardy! But that area is also Maritime–and the soils are podzoils: generally acid, more like the soils of our upper Midwest and New England. So of course, Amur maples in Denver are frequently chlorotic, and usually not recommended by horticulturists “in the know”. No one bothered to tell the landscape architects, who filled the vast parking lot of this box store with them–and each and every one of them are blazing in DIFFERENT colors, and looking mighty healthy!

Green leafed Amur

Scott Skogerboe and mystery maple.

Bright vermilion Amur Maple

Everyone should have a hero. Scott Skogerboe has always been one of mine: Head of propagation at Fort Collins Nursery Wholesale, he and his boss, Gary Epstein have been the force behind most of the woody plant introductions of Plant Select. Here he is standing in front of. well. you shall have to wait and see (I have my crafty ways of making you read all the way to the bottom of my blog posting!).

Right alongside all the red ones, one had barely begun to turn and was still mostly green

Although most of these maples were an unalloyed scarlet-vermilion, one was more orange-yellow in tint.

One of the great ironies of Colorado horticulture is that the ultimate seedsman (Scott Skogerboe) has also developed a number of clonal plants that will one day greatly outnumber the millions of seedlings he has grown in streetscapes and gardens around the world. Such are the ironies of our crazy modern world.

As you might guess from the second half of its name, Denver Maple can have a sweet flavor that might make you feel (and smell) as if you’ve just emerged from a grove of maple trees. Its high can come with a bit of a delay, taking as long as 10 to 15 minutes after ingestion to make itself known. Early on, users can expect to feel some twitching sensations around the face, as well as, potentially, increased salivation. Soon, a strong sensation of relaxation will overtake the body, making it feel weighed down and, in some cases, nearly numb. At this point, it may be difficult to keep a hold of any concentration, as your mind will shift into a state of meditation.

Denver Maple is a sweet treat, perfect for enjoying in the early to late evening hours when a bit of relaxation and creativity is on the menu.

Denver does it again! Denver Maple is a strain that is sure to provide plenty of relaxation alongside some funky psychedelic effects. With its THC content consistently falling between 15 percent and 23 percent, Denver Maple actually won 3rd place among Medical Indica’s in Denver’s High Times Cannabis Cup in 2014.

Denver Maple has been known to provide additional creativity for those late afternoon and evening brainstorms. If you choose to partake in Denver Maple, it might be best to gear its use towards the evening hours, or days when you don’t have many items on your must-do list. When utilized medicinally, this strain can ease chronic or injury-related pains as well as issues like cramps and severe headaches.