|WallSal55 - IL ||
Posted 10-20-2003 at 12:04:46
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I have purchased 2 Maple Trees, both are from the
Red Maple family. One is an Autumn Blaze, drought
resisitant, gives red-orange leaves. By Oct.
20, half the leaves have dropped.
I just purchased another maple from nursery, 16 footer. It too, I believe is from the red maple
family, gives red-oranges and yellows, but early
leaf drop by Oct. 10th ! Closest color to the
sugar maple I could find!
I did plant one container Sugar Maple, grows very slowly in our poor, dry soil. Also, leaves
curl and look sickly, susceptible to a fungus or
something. It is the last to lose it's leaves--and may or may not get pretty oranges and yellows.
It's unpredictable. It's only 8'
I sure wanted to get sugar maples for the oranges and yellows, but so disappointed w/the
small one I tried. Sugar Maples drop their leafs
LAST around here, and I like that!--Fall Color into the 3rd week of October!
I did look at some healthy
balled and burlapped Sugar Maple trees, but couldn't decide.
They were leaning every which way in the lot,
I couldn't tell how straight, crooked or curved
the trunks were. So, I just went ahead with
a purchase of this last red Maple [from a grove] and had them plant it with a tree spade.
So, if there's any Sugar Maple tree experts or
know of any other type trees that give off oranges/yellow and would at least stay on until
the 3rd week of October, let me know.
Right now, most of my trees are bare, except for
the rusty/orange leaves of pin oaks, pear tree,
Or, am I expecting too much in getting the colors I want to see in the fall? (Being unrealistic?)