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Chalk maple?

Posted by acer 6b western NC (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 8, 13 at 17:55

I have two quick questions about chalk maples. I've looked at them online, and they seem to be a sugar maple in miniature with smooth grey bark and a more southern growing range. But the descriptions say they're understory trees and very shade tolerant. I'd like to plant one in full sun on deep, sandy river-bottom soil, zone 7. Do you think it would do well there? Also, what kind of growth rate does a healthy chalk maple have?

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RE: Chalk maple?

If the descriptions say its an understory tree. it's unlikely to do well in full sun. If you want to experiment, here's your chance.

RE: Chalk maple?

Ours are perfectly happy in full blistering sun with lots of competition. Growth rate has been up to 2.5'/year some years. Other years 1'/year. Have not had them long enough to but more specific on growth than that.

I would expect you to have no problems outside of maybe watering when very dry.


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