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Unread 01-03-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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Default Mature size of Crimson King Maple tree?

I've got a crimson king maple tree in my rear yard. I don't know how old it is, but the neighbor who moved in during 1996 said it was there when he moved in. I'm curious about how big it could get at maturity. At my chest-height it's maybe 12" in diameter. I have a 1.5 story house, and it's maybe 15 feet taller than the peak of my roof (40-45 feet total maybe?)

Various websites claim 40 to 60' at maturity. Mine isn't particularly "thick" but seems pretty tall now. Anyone have first hand experience with these? Nice looking tree but I hope it won't get 2' round and 60' tall, at that height and size it could cause damage to the house if it falls.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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Wyman's encyclopedia list the potential of Crimson King to reach 90 feet. It also suggests that the habit of growth tends to be vertical rather than horizontal - a tall skinny tree Of course, thats all a matter of perspective.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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I would say 40-50' rounded form is typical. I wouldn't wory about it falling over (unless you have a tornado). They tend to be pretty sturdy. However, Norway maples develop a dense root system and cast dense shade, making lawn growth difficult as the trees grow.

Also, this is considered an invasive species and is being banned in many states (existing trees excluded, of course).
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Unread 01-04-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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Thanks. Most people are telling me to cut this down and replace it with something smaller, like a Japanese Maple, that won't get out of control. The lawn under it is doing ok now, as I clipped off a lot of the lower branches, and the tree is kinda tall and skinny.
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Unread 01-04-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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In many cases, these are considered unwanted invasive trees.

It rapidly spreads (escapes your yard) and can choke or shade out sugar maple and other trees in areas where they are valued. However you may have a clone that can't seed. Much of a plant's "invasive" nature depends on where you live and what exactly you have.

It also has shallow, rather aggressive roots that can cause problems with septic tanks, water lines, side walks and other man made things we tend to use. I doubt much will ever grow under it either.

If interested, check your state's web listings for invasive trees, and check for Norway Maple or 'Crimson King'

I dislike them myself.
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Unread 05-10-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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I need to Crimson Maple to grow fast...what can I do to help it along?
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Unread 05-10-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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I need for a Crimson King Maple to grow fast. What can I do to help it along?
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