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Old 06-11-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX, USA
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I was thinking about getting a Red Maple for the new house. I know and have read that Japanese Maples are hard to grow here. But Red Maples are better suited for the hot humid summers. I have not seen many driving around town. Any other recommendations besides live oak, magnolias, and pecans(no pines Please)
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Sugar Maples do very well here. River Birches are awesome, I plant one where ever I move.
I haven't had much sucess with Bradford Pears. Mine seem to get hit with Fruit Blight every year.
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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I have a canadian red maple in the backyard. theyre quite common here in alief for new commercial areas too. I have another maple tree, i forgot what variant. theyre both sensitive to weed wackers so give it some protection. I also have a japanese maple, my first 2 cooked and died. this one i'm growing under my patio roof and has a dripline and looks better than when i bought it
i hope you dont plan to put a maple tree on the front yard. youre neighbors are going to know whos tree is messing up their lawns
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:49 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Look for Drummond Red Maples, they do quite well. My parents have several in their yard.
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I had a red maple in my previous home in Tomball and it did very well. Stay away from Sweetgum trees. They are beautiful and grow very fast but the "gum balls" they drop make walking in your back yard painful. My current house has a huge Elm tree in the back and it is so beautiful. I can't figure out what kind it is but it's definitely some kind of elm. You would need a lot of space. I stumbled onto this link and you might find it useful.
Master Tree Plan
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Old 06-11-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, TX, USA
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Thank you all for the feedback. Now the next big questions. Where to get these trees in the SW area? What do you think of Lowes and Home Depot? They both have 1 year guarantees. I was not overly impressed with Houston Garden Center...Maybe that was just a bad experience.
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Old 06-11-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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Thank you all for the feedback. Now the next big questions. Where to get these trees in the SW area? What do you think of Lowes and Home Depot? They both have 1 year guarantees. I was not overly impressed with Houston Garden Center...Maybe that was just a bad experience.
HD will have 50% off on trees soon, thats where i got my red maples for $14(6') and $20(9'). HGC is not bad at 50% off
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Old 06-11-2008, 01:53 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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There is a nursery on Stancliff just off of 59 ans BW 8 that you might check out. Can't recall the name right now.
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