The Q&A Archives: Planting Crimson King Maple

Question: What is the best location to plant a Crimson King Maple? We have a long driveway and would like to plant it along the side. The driveway is built up so the tree would be planted 3-4 feet lower than the drive. However, the ground on the other side of the tree would be the same level as where the tree would be planted, and it is a pasture.

Answer: Your Crimson King Maple will grow to 40' in height and 50' wide at maturity, and the roots will travel at least as far out as the canopy of the tree, so be sure to leave plenty of room between the tree trunk and the driveway, or you'll have roots invading the area, potentially heaving the asphalt or concrete. As long as the soil drains well, and the site is reasonably level, your tree should grow into a beautiful specimen in the pasture area. Be sure to supply adequate water during the growing season for the first few years, until the tree becomes established.

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