looking for a colorful maple, but not too wide

sprucemanJuly 5, 2009

I am looking for relatively narrow maple with fall color with yellow/orange/red. I want at least some yellow and/or orange--not dark red only. And preferably not just yellow--some color shadings into orange/red.

I recently saw some pictures here of the 'Apollo' sugar maple, and I like the color a lot, but would like something just a bit faster growing and perhaps more "open" growing. My space can accomodate a tree up to something like 25 feet wide, so I really can't use a regular sugar maple or red maple, at least not long-term. I am not sure I want something too strictly fastigate, but something that is more narrow than the species (red or sugar maple or ?)would do very nicely. There is no height limit for my space.

Ideas anyone?


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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

Easy. Shantung maple.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 3:40PM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

Or Trident Maple.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 3:41PM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

July 2009

Click on the picture and it will take you to the album. Look through for shantung maple leaves on all seedlings. That's what they look like during the summer growth.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2009 at 7:37PM
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Korean Maple (A. pseudosieboldianum)??

Here is a link that might be useful: Korean Maple

    Bookmark   July 14, 2009 at 9:33AM
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Thanks for the recommendations. I had never even heard of Shantung maple. The trident maple may be too small for what I want in this space.

But I guess if I get a Shantung maple I will try it in another spot. The spot I have in mind really would do better with something more upright--moderately columnar or narrowly pyramidal. Ideally a sugar maple cultivar would probably be best, but I don't know if there are any good options. In Jacobson I see what could be a possibility or two, but the descriptions are not full enough for me to really know. I have tried to search on-line, but haven't found any candidates that seem right.

For some reason most--or is it all--of the generally available cultivars of red maple are a basic red or dark red color, and that is not what I want in this space. When I started my search I thought I would have a lot of choices. I am surprized I haven't been able to find any obvious fit.

I may just go with a regular sugar maple and prune it to keep one central trunk for as high as I can, and then assume that in my lifetime it won't outgrow the space.


    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 8:01PM
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bowhall red maple.
Often duplicated never replicated.

Here is a link that might be useful: bowhall red maple

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 7:58PM
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Bingo! This one seems to fit exactly. And going back to Jacobson, I see it described there. The frustrating thing about Jacobson is he often says "good fall color," but doesn't say what color. But here he does describe it. Funny how I missed this one--there is nothing like a live person to help. Thanks--now I will have to find where I can get one.


    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 8:26PM
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