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Maple Trees, Fall Colors, Leaf Drop, etc. Tree Tal
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WallSal55 - IL    Posted 10-20-2003 at 12:04:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
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?)

PDB    Posted 10-20-2003 at 14:54:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sweetgum trees have very good color and keep their leaves for a long time in the fall, if you dont mind the seed balls they drop.

Brian-2N    Posted 10-20-2003 at 13:54:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The color has a lot to do with the health and age of the trees, and whether they have been tapped. I am unaware that sugar maples would differ in required soil types from a red maple but I could be wrong. Having a sugar maple is no guarantee of getting red. Even so, the oranges that sometimes result are brilliant, and the yellows are much more golden that those of a birch or beech.

Les    Posted 10-20-2003 at 12:18:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sugar maples are so much nicer than the soft (red) maples in just about every way. Some of the soft maples will give you the brilliant red but they don't stay on the trees as long as the sugar maples. Right now here in NH there's still a lot of sugar maples with leaves on them that look like flames. Just beautiful. I went by some today and almost stopped to take a picture.
As far as growing them, I might suspect that your climate is much milder and that's why they don't do as well as they do here. Our soil sure isn't very good here so I doubt that is the reason.

Hunter n NOLa    Posted 10-20-2003 at 18:07:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les, Just happened to be in your neck of the woods yesterday (Sunday) and some of the areas are drop dead georgeous with the colors. Don't know exactly what part of the state you live in but we drove from the south end and crossed over the White Mtns and spent the night in Littleton. My first time in NH and I'm very favorably impressed. However, being from New Orleans I'm sure I wouldn't like to be here in a few weeks when the snow starts to fly.

Les    Posted 10-20-2003 at 19:12:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hehheh. Winter does tend to keep some of the riffraff out.
You passed within a couple miles of me. I'm about 30 miles south of Littleton. If you went up I-93, you saw some beautiful views of the mountains and Franconia Notch (where the Old Man of the Mountain was until he fell May 3) as you passed through Thornton, Woodstock and Lincoln.

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