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Old 04-12-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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Looking for some recommendations for trees to plant in my backyard.


I live in New England, specifically zone 6B. Entire lot is 1/3 acre but specifically looking at the backyard here, so half of that. I'm looking for shade trees specifically, and don't want evergreens as I'd like to take advantage of the beautiful fall foliage we have and plant some nice looking maples.


I've kind of got the following 2 in mind


Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred' -Autumn Blaze Maple
Acer rubrum - October Glory red maple


Anyone familiar with these? Do they max out around 40-50 feet?


Any other recommendations? I have a pair of Japanese bloodgood maples in the front, so that's all I'd like to do there. I'm looking to add 2-3 trees to the backyard.

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Old 04-13-2018, 05:18 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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The maples will be lovely, for sure. I’m not a huge fan of red foliage, so a little goes a long way, and you already have them in your front yard.

Not sure how many trees you have room for, but I would plant a variety of trees. Maybe a maple, with some understory trees, like dogwood, redbud and river birch. Then, you’d have texture and different colors. Oak and sycamore are good, too.
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Old 04-13-2018, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Sugar maple get the best bright orange colors but they do get pretty big.

https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeg...cfm?itemID=870

One tree that I really like is the mountain ash. It gets bright orange berries that birds love. The berries stay on during the winter. It spring if any berries still remains the Robin's really go for them. But they sometimes ferment during the winter and you can get drunken birds. These trees don't get tremendously large. The leaves turn yellow in the fall. I've seen them grown in Minneapolis and North of here 200 miles so should be fine in your area.

https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeg...cfm?ItemID=872

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Old 04-13-2018, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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The Freeman maple is a hybrid between red maple and silver maple. Supposedly it doesn’t have the weak wood of the silver maple parent, but they’re still too new to know that for sure. Red maples are nice but are SOOO overplanted, and they tend to be fairly weak wooded as well.

If you really want a maple I’d lean towards Sugar maple or Black maple, they grow a bit slower but are better trees in the long run. Blackgum and Scarlet oak are beautiful in the fall as well.
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Looking for some recommendations for trees to plant in my backyard.


I live in New England, specifically zone 6B. Entire lot is 1/3 acre but specifically looking at the backyard here, so half of that. I'm looking for shade trees specifically, and don't want evergreens as I'd like to take advantage of the beautiful fall foliage we have and plant some nice looking maples.


I've kind of got the following 2 in mind

Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred' -Autumn Blaze Maple
Acer rubrum - October Glory red maple



Anyone familiar with these? Do they max out around 40-50 feet?

Any other recommendations? I have a pair of Japanese bloodgood maples in the front, so that's all I'd like to do there. I'm looking to add 2-3 trees to the backyard.
My mom has 4 October Glorys on her property. Planted about 5 yrs ago. It's a stunning color in the Fall but its late to change colors vs other Maples around so you might be leaf blowing later than usual.
It should max at about 45 feet eventually.


The Autumn Blaze I see more in Parks and Urban areas but also a nice tree.


How about a Sugar Maple tree? Although those can get over 50 feet..


https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/RedMapleTrees.htm
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I have a Freeman maple in my backyard. It's a pretty tree. Leaves are reddish when they come out in spring and turn to a dark green. I don't feel it is a particularly healthy tree. It sometimes has reddish leaves in the fall, but usually not. It is the last tree to drop it's leaves which sometimes happens after our first snowfall. I have a small yard so can't have many trees. I probably would have picked a sugar maple or mountain ash or birch if I had to do it again.
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Old 04-13-2018, 03:47 PM
 
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I'll echo what others have said about sugar maple, I had one until a tornado got it and it was beautiful - golden fall color. If you live in Massachusetts (Boston Mike), the National Champion sugar maple is in Charlemont, MA and it is 112 feet in height.

The Mass State Tree is American Elm.

I prefer native plants; here is a website that lists native Mass trees:

Massachusetts Native Trees
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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Sugar Maples are nice, but I feel it's max height might be a tad bit too tall for my yard size. Granted...i'll probably have sold the house and moved by the time it gets to that height.
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