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Rooster
07-08-2009, 12:59 PM
Are there any arborists out there? A local nursery is having a tree sale this weekend and the Mrs. and I think we will be making a purchase. Has anyone done this before? Iím thinking of a maple that turns bright red in the fall. What other trees are out there that I should consider for a Kansas climate? We will be planting in the fall as the nursery will hold on to our purchase until that time.

cdcox
07-08-2009, 01:00 PM
I'll split a Bradford pair with you.

DeezNutz
07-08-2009, 01:02 PM
Yes, I've purchased trees before.

Where are you looking to plant something? Drainage, sun, etc? Without more details, it will be tough for anyone to offer decent suggestions.

jiveturkey
07-08-2009, 01:04 PM
I've got a couple of sunset maples and they've been really easy to work with.

sedated
07-08-2009, 01:11 PM
Are there any arborists out there?

I don't believe in abortion.

alanm
07-08-2009, 01:16 PM
I've got a couple of sunset maples and they've been really easy to work with.I'd LOVE to be able to plant some maples in my front yard. But they won't grow here because of the altitude. Around 4000' :(

Fish
07-08-2009, 01:32 PM
I planted a Crimson King Maple about 8 years ago. It has almost a purplish / red leaf to it not just in the fall. I think I paid around $180 on sale at a nursery on 40 Hwy. Here is a pic of one, not mine.

I like that. Well done.

CoMoChief
07-08-2009, 01:38 PM
I don't believe in abortion.

LMAO

I'll take "Swords" for 500 Alex.

penguinz
07-08-2009, 01:43 PM
Are there any arborists out there? A local nursery is having a tree sale this weekend and the Mrs. and I think we will be making a purchase. Has anyone done this before? Iím thinking of a maple that turns bright red in the fall. What other trees are out there that I should consider for a Kansas climate? We will be planting in the fall as the nursery will hold on to our purchase until that time.Blackgum.

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Rooster
07-08-2009, 03:01 PM
Yes, I've purchased trees before.

Where are you looking to plant something? Drainage, sun, etc? Without more details, it will be tough for anyone to offer decent suggestions.

The tree will be in strong morning sunlight and good evening sun, behind house on the east side. As far as drainage goes it is a spot of good run off.

Stewie
07-08-2009, 04:03 PM
I have one neighbor with a Sunset Maple and another with an October Glory Maple. Both are very nice with awesome color in the fall. The October Glory seems to be more intense in its fall color, but that may have more to do with soil conditions, location, etc..

Edit: I found this pic of an October Glory. This is almost exactly the shape of my neighbor's tree with the intensity of color in the fall.

http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/images/OctGlory-3-220-NoLeaves.jpg

Brock
07-08-2009, 04:06 PM
This is an Autumn Blaze maple.

http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/images/low/C789-1201061tp.jpg

MagicHef
07-08-2009, 04:20 PM
I'd LOVE to be able to plant some maples in my front yard. But they won't grow here because of the altitude. Around 4000' :(

Try an Acer grandidentatum

About 2/3 down the page:

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07421.html

LaChapelle
07-08-2009, 04:48 PM
Don't plant a mable near buildings or driveways. They're not really a major problem until they get 50 or so or older. Ice, wind brittle.

stlchiefs
07-08-2009, 04:59 PM
Just make sure you don't get too large of a tree for the spot you plant, i.e. watch for power lines, your house etc. Don't look at the size of the tree now, but it's size at maturity. Too many people plant large trees too close to their houses. Yeah a maple looks nice out the back window, but not in 10+ years when it's growing into the house, too large for the spot and needs to be cut back/down.

Mr_Tomahawk
07-08-2009, 05:04 PM
The tree will be in strong morning sunlight and good evening sun, behind house on the east side. As far as drainage goes it is a spot of good run off.

Maple roots tend to grow close to the surface, sometime making it difficult for turf growth. An area where there is 'good' run-off may make this matter worst, potentially eroding any fill that is left above the surface roots exposing them even more. I would suggest that if you do plant a maple of the east side, try to perhaps to redirect the 'good run-off' around the tree rather than directly over the tree base to decrease the chances of erosion.

You should have to worry too much about a weak maple on the east side. Maples that snap are usually a result of sun scalding. These are young trees planted on the west or south side of a home. On a sunny day after a harsh cold snap, or long winter, the inside of the tree will start to grow quicker than the bark/exterior of the tree causing the sun scalding where you see the trunk split. This leads to a weaker mature tree.

I dont know what your specifications are with a tree, but you can't go wrong with a Eastern Redbud in Kansas.

Iowanian
07-08-2009, 05:28 PM
Bradford Pears

http://dforeman.cs.binghamton.edu/~foreman/105pages/downloads/S-C%20Student%20Data/Bradford%20Pear%20in%20Bloom.JPG

& Rosebud trees are nice in the spring.

http://image40.webshots.com/41/1/80/19/2374180190086826653srdOsK_ph.jpg

PastorMikH
07-08-2009, 05:40 PM
How about the State Tree of Kansas? Not much shade, but at least it doesn't take a lot of water.



http://i.pbase.com/o4/42/618542/1/53344977.PowerPole.jpg

Hog Farmer
07-08-2009, 06:16 PM
May I suggest a hedgeapple tree. When it starts bearing fruit, the hedgeaples make great weapons! We used to throw them at cars as they drive by.

Phobia
07-08-2009, 06:18 PM
Don't pick a tree based upon what it looks like for 2 weeks in the fall or for a week in the spring. Pictures on the internet or on marketing labels are vastly misleading and show a tree at the height of it's attractiveness. You'll be looking at that tree for 50 other weeks of the year. All the other factors should be higher on your priority list.