Roadway Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Sinsinawa, WI
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Question by lkern1
May 22, 2006
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 from NGA
May 22, 2006
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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