U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
Old 12-29-2012, 11:17 AM
Location: Black Forest, CO
1,510 posts, read 2,224,294 times
Reputation: 1480


I have 2 Amur Maples that I planted like 15 years ago. They are more a shrubby type maple than a tree. But they are thriving. I have actually TRIED to kill them, as they are too close to the house and present a fire danger. I have cut them off at the base a number of times and they keep coming back!

I suggest taking your photos of your tree and close up of leaves to the nursery and find someone who knows what it is. Make sure you go to a good nursery where they will have knowledgeable staff.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 12-29-2012, 12:57 PM
8,317 posts, read 25,777,680 times
Reputation: 9132
Better yet, stop in at your local CSU Extension Service office. They can tell you what kind of tree it is.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2012, 01:35 PM
Location: Ohio
1,394 posts, read 1,133,666 times
Reputation: 1540
Another issue is soil...Colorado soils tend to run alkaline in most areas, and red maple prefers acid.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2012, 02:13 PM
Location: Bend, OR
3,296 posts, read 8,421,317 times
Reputation: 3321
It's definitely a maple tree & not an ash. You can tell by the shape of the leaf. Whether it's an ornamental or not, I can't really tell. I agree with others to check with a nursery or extension service to find out a good variety to plant in your area. I have a forestry degree & I remember that silver maples are banned from some areas of Colorado due to their weak branches. Another thing to consider is that a maple tree planted in CO may not display this beautiful foliage color change because of a variety of issues including water.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2012, 03:45 PM
8,938 posts, read 8,040,153 times
Reputation: 19427
The best way to find what will grow in Colorado, is go down to a large nursery with a horticulturist on staff, and tell them what you want in the way of a tree such as leaves turn red in fall, etc. Ask them what will grow and prosper in your part of Colorado. Let them show you what you can grow, not ask them if a certain tree that they are probably not familiar with will grow in your area.

Being ready to adapt, to what you can grow there, is the best way to have a nice yard and trees in Colorado. A lot of trees may live, but just stay stunted and never get bigger as mentioned above. Others will die as soon as there is an early or late freeze if they are not suited to the climate. I saw a lot of people get very hurt, when they put in trees they had from other parts of the country, and they did not live or did not do well in Colorado.

To save yourself a lot of grief, find out what you can grow, and choose from those trees.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-30-2012, 05:20 AM
Location: High Plains of Colorado
97 posts, read 106,137 times
Reputation: 158
That definitely looks like a maple to me. I have a Tatarian Maple that looks similar. Tartarian Maple

We havef some Silver Maples that have done well out here on the plains. I have one I put in about 5 yrs ago that's been doing good. This summer was hard on it though (and everything else). I had several trees that gave up their leaves by July/August in the heat. I'm hoping they come back again in the spring.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-30-2012, 07:47 AM
Location: Canon City, Colorado
1,331 posts, read 4,517,914 times
Reputation: 677
It looks like a Tartarian Maple ....the best Maple for Colorado is...Hot Wings Tartarian Maple ...it was discovered in Ft. Collins!!!!!! I thought it was a Trident Maple (because of the 3 lobed leaves ) but, the white barked trunk is really throwing me off!! Seems like a hybrid...anyway,...I say plant the Hot Wings ( an obvious best choice)!!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
View detailed profiles of:
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:18 PM.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top