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Old 12-29-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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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.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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Better yet, stop in at your local CSU Extension Service office. They can tell you what kind of tree it is.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Another issue is soil...Colorado soils tend to run alkaline in most areas, and red maple prefers acid.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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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.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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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.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:20 AM
 
Location: High Plains of Colorado
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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.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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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)!!!
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