I fail, utterly, to understand why people plant Norway Maples by the thousand.  Japanese Maples I understand (I’d better, otherwise I am a total hypocrite).  But Norways?  Now, we have several very large Norways, but I cut every sapling I see.  They have poor fall color, rarely have good structure (especially the more modern cultivars), and blah bark. Never mind that havoc they are wreaking as invasive species par excellence!

The quandary is made worse by the existence of three outstanding native maples: Sugar, Red, and Silver.  All three have gorgeous fall color, the Red and Silver are very tough trees, (the Silver is a common urban street tree in Montreal), both the Red and Silver are fast growing, they have generally good structure (full grown Sugar Maples are classics), elegant bark, and did I mention the fall color…?

Here is a shot of our young Red Maple, looking up into it, hardly doing it justice.  And this, in a Terrible year for fall color.  It is an orange one, some around here are a true scarlet.  Each tree has a specific color that they turn each year, the base color is not weather dependent, only the brilliance and length of the show.