Do I need to return a red maple tree - Knowledgebase Question

Spring Branch, Te
Question by ls1979
June 21, 2010
I recently purchased this red maple and since I live in Spring Branch, Texas have learned that this tree will not do well in this area because of the alkaline soil. Is there a way to plant this tree or should I return it?

Answer from NGA
June 21, 2010


Acer rubrum drummondii, or Drummond Red maple, is native to Texas and although it likes acidic soils it will adapt to your native soil. Swamp Red maple (Acer Rubrum) is also well adapted to your gardening zone and while it prefers moist soils can get along with periodic deep soakings once it is established. If you're still not convinced the tree was the right choice for your landscape you may be able to exchange it for something else. It's worth a try!

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