When can I plant Flowering Maple in Geneva, IL

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

A way of determining when it's a good idea to plant flowering maple is to check out the USDA zone info for Geneva.


Planting Calendar for Flowering Maple

Frost tolerance for flowering maple: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

It's probably not a good idea to plant flowering maple until after the last frost because they are not cold tolerant.

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A good time to plant flowering maple
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant flowering maple
Probably not a good time to plant flowering maple

The earliest that you can plant flowering maple in Geneva is April. However, you really should wait until May if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant flowering maple and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your flowering maple may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your flowering maple indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Geneva. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Geneva and it can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Geneva last frost occurs after April 15 be ready to cover your flowering maple if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Geneva

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-15°F
Highest Expected Low-10°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -10°F.

Plants to Grow in Geneva

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