red maple - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by richb0109
October 19, 2008
Hi, I emailed yesterday asking about a good tree to plant in moist soil and after more research, found that a red maple should be a good choice. I went to my neighborhood Home Depot and bought 2


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Answer from NGA
October 19, 2008

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Red maples are notorious for producing surface roots which is why they are not on our list of most desireable trees for seasonally wet sites such as yours. It appears that heavy clay, alkaline soils induce an even greater degree of surface roots than is normal with Red Maple, so let's hope your soil's pH is neutral to slightly acidic. The surface roots should not be a problem except for walking or mowing beneath the tree. If the roots become unattactive over the years, I'd suggest planting a groundcover to help disguise them. Best wishes with your new trees!

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