Answer: When trees are planted in close proximity they compete for sunlight, moisture and nutrients. If the maple was shading your golden chain, receiving full sunshine should perk it right up. With competition for water and nutrients removed, I expect your tree will thrive. Golden chain trees are generally vigorous growers and produce lots of spring color with very little attention. Give your tree a little while to readjust and it should reward you with lots of bright yellow blooms each spring.
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