Replacement for liquid amber - Knowledgebase Question

Monrovia, CA
Question by bensampson
August 30, 2005
We have three 21 year old liquid amber trees whose roots are causing a lot of damage. They have southern exposure in full sun. They receive water 3 days per week for 15 minutes.

Is the Japanese maple a suitable substitute as an ornamental shade tree?

What else would you suggest? NO aggressive roots, please!

Answer from NGA
August 30, 2005


Japanese maples won't be happy in full afternoon sunshine, so I wouldn't recommend planting them as replacements for your Liquidamber trees. Some well behaved, deep rooted trees include Basswood, the little leaf linden; Cercis canadenisis (Eastern Redbud); Fraxinus americana 'Autumn Purple' (Autumn Purple Ash); Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle), or Pyrus kawakamii (Evergreen Pear).

Hope one of these suggestions is perfect for your landscape!

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