In the Norway Maple's case, it seeds itself prolifically, and the
seedlings grow voraciously, shading out any of the native tree
seedlings. They do make great shade trees if you're a self-centered
human like someone else in this thread, but if you care a bit about
the environment you won't grow them.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
Nice to hear from you again.
Here is what Sunset Western Garden Book says about Norway Maple:
"Once a widely recommended street tree but now strogly objected to
because of voracious roots, sel sown seedlings, and aphid caused
honeydew deip and sooty mold." 50 to 60 feet tall!!
I have a Trident Maple, which has very good color, and gets about
25-30 feet tall. It does not produce seedlings, and seems (so far)
not to be susceptible to aphids. It's a very attractive tree. (I
it from a seed so it has taken a while to attain about 15-20 feet
now) Trident Maple is fairly popular here. Norways are not.
I live north of you in Butte County so our climate is very similar.
It might be interesting to see what the Sac. Tree Group has to
Good luck with your tree.
Emilie - Thank you so much for the suggestion. . .Yes, that looks like
a really good candidate, and definitely worth considering!
By the way, I camped with my kids up at Black Buttes over Memorial Day
weekend. Very beautiful and interesting area!
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