The Q&A Archives: Roadway Trees

Question: We would like to plant an Amur Maple along side of a residential street. Will they handle the run-off from salt put on the roadway during the winter months?

Answer: This particular tree (Acer ginnala) is considered to have an intermediate tolerance to salts according to the chart at

Whichever tree you use, it is best if you can erect a shield to prevent the salts splashing on it and the surrounding soil -- perhaps a burlap screen or temporary fencing.

Your local government may have a list of suggested street trees, or your local county extension may have suggestions. Good luck with your tree!

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