The Q&A Archives: Trees Near House

Question: How close to a house can a maple tree be planted? Is 20 feet too close ?

Answer: Some maple trees can get quite large so the particular type of maple you purchase will dictate just how close to the house you can plant. Check the tag on the tree to see what its mature size will be. Choose a maple with a canopy no more than 20' wide and you can plant it 20 feet from your house. A good selection is Shantung Maple
(Acer truncatum). The Shantung Maple is a midsize ornamental tree (25' tall, 20' wide) that tolerates alkaline soils, drought, and strong winds. The Shantung Maple steps up to autumn with leaves that are gorgeous golden yellow flecked with red before they launch into orange and finally turn into a blazing red. The Shantung Maple is different from other maples (Red Maple, Silver Maple, and October Glory) in that the canopy is denser and the leaves are more delicate, which is reminiscent of a Japanese maple but with much greater toughness (tolerates full sun). The Shantung Maple was designated a Texas superstar tree by Texas A&M University in 2003 and should grow well in your gardening region.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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