Just how breakable are Freeman Maples?
I have read a number of posts about freeman maples having poor wind resistance. I am looking for a shade tree for our hillside garden, where the winds occasionally come whipping through the valley at up to 40 mph. I have been looking at 'straight' Acer rubrums, but a nearby nursery is offering me a Freeman "autumn blaze' at a better price. Will a Freeman take these winds? Will a Red Maple do any better? Any suggested alternatives for a good-sized shade tree with nice fall color?