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Which maple to choose

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by clc2003, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. clc2003

    clc2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ia
    Messages: 284

    I am in the market for a new maple tree in my yard and don't know for sure which one I want. I have been looking some on the internet, but the more I look, the more I am confused. I want a maple with good fall color. By this I am thinking red or red/orange. At first I was thinking Red Maple, but have seen a picture of a Sugar Maple that was also good looking. I don't think I liked the October Glory, but then again u guys know how pictures don't do things justice. Please help me find what I am looking for or other suggestions of places with more pics that might make decision easier.

  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    October Glory is an absolutely beautiful tree for fall color. The only suggestion I could give you is to wait until the trees start turning in your area and then go visit the nurseries.
  3. TforTexas

    TforTexas LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    The problem is that the choice is a personal one. What your asking is which one has the color you like and only you can answer that.
  4. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    I agree that October Glory has a beautiful color in the fall. This tree typically turns colors later then the rest of the trees, leaving it standing out among the rest when all of the others have turned brown or have dropped their leaves. We put out a bunch of these, just be careful, when fully grown they get pretty big.
  5. mebanesox7

    mebanesox7 LawnSite Member
    from us
    Messages: 9

    I don't know about in the fall but i know that a Japanese maple is a beautiful tree. Not the cheapest tree you'll find though.
  6. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    Here in K.C. the october glory sunburns bad, and the trunk splits real bad due freezing tempatures. Both of these are caused by the trunk holding to much water
  7. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    I like the Autumn Blaze maple, have 5 of them. Good from Zone 3 to 8, urban tree of the year for 2003, Google Autum blaze and check it out, a nice red/orange color, you won't be disappointed, good luck to you, let us know what you decide. Stay away from the siver maples, trash trees!
  8. cancan

    cancan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    the red maples are what they are...good trees...slightly overused maybe but good trees....

    have a look at Trident maple Acer burgeranum....nice tree for smaller spaces, doesnt get as big a red maple

    also ive had good luck with and really like the seedless sweetgums liquidamabar syraciflua "rotundaloba" or "happidaze" ......just a thought.
  9. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Autumn Blaze is good, very popular as stated. Also susceptible to sun scald and splitting in the winter in the first 5 years or so. Best to wrap the trunks with the white trunk wrap in the winter to reflect the suns heat.

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