We had poplars at our other house and they nearly drove us crazy, in
that the root system sought out water.
We have a well in our front yard so I might want to choose a differnt
Today, we noticed the lovely maple trees and how they enhance a bare
Thanks for you info
If I read this thread correctly you are looking for specific maple recs?
All maples are shallow rooting, it's a characteristic of the species. I
have not heard that Silver maple is shallower than others, but perhaps
this depends on location etc. I have 3, no lawn problems under any.
I have not heard that A. buergerianum (trident maple) is particulary
fast growing. But it certainly grows at a healthy pace, and is a lovely
If you want maples, here are some fast growing ones.
A. saccharinum aka Silver maple. Very strong growing but can have some
problems with brittle branches in high winds. Roots can be invasive.
A. pseudoplatanus aka Sycamore maple. Many interesting cultivars to
choose from, variegations etc. Very easy, but may be invasive. A variegated
cultivar (like Leopoldii, beautiful and widely available) will be a little
also less invasive.
A. x freemanii (Many cultivars like Autumn Blaze) Easy, fast growing, good tree.
A. cappadocicum aka Caucasian maple. Beautiful big tree, very strong. Good
grower. Unusual perhaps in many gardens. Nice yellow cultivar 'Aureum' if you
have some shade, but a little slower.
A. platanoides aka Norway maple. Lots of nice varieties to choose from, an
undemanding maple, takes wind well. Less fast growing than pseudoplatanus.
A. campestre aka Field maple. Many great cultivars of all sizes. Some, like
the species, are fast growing.
A. tataricum subs ginalla aka Amur maple. Strong, bushy, takes wind well,
totally undemanding. Great fall color, red samaras in summer against dark
green, fast growing.
I'm sure there are other choices, that's what springs to mind.
P.S. Elms do grow fast and have nice yellow fall color. I don't have any
chinese elm, but at least here in France you can now get a dutch elm
disease resistant variety called Ulmus procera Resista or just Ulmus resista.
I have two of these that are growing very well, and fast too.
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Such a wealth of information. Thanks ever so much.
The man who mows our lawn has helped eliminate the Chickweed and now
our place is looking more like a golf green w/o the dandilions.
Now our neighbors are speaking to us. LOL
Actually we have lovely neighbors with pristine lawns and we would like
to see our area looking nice.
On our way home from church this morning, we saw quite an elaborae
setting for a bare, boring front lawn.
A large area of the plastic picket fencing housed a place for a rock
garden, as well as an area of small bushes and Impatience. On either
side were two flowering trees. : )
Bette, please try to stick to maples that are native to your area.
Norway maples aren't, and they're very invasive, around here they're
replacing many of our native maples in the woodlands - not a good
thing. They're a nice shade tree, but it's at too high a price.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
Ah, Boston. My husband and I hail from Massachusetts. We love the
luscious colors of fall and would enjoy a Red Maple or Sugar Maple, and
only want to plant two or three trees.
Thanks for your input.
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