Red Sunset Maple Trees
Q: We just planted 10 Red Sunset Maples. What is the life
expectancy of this species.
I have planted plenty of 'Red Sunset' maples in my time, and I'm happy to
say they're growing wonderfully. To me, this is one of the best red maple
cultivars we have going for us.
It's hard to put lifespans on trees as it can vary so dramatically, just as
for humans. Believe it or not, the life expectancy of an urban tree is just
This applies mainly to trees planted into less than ideal
conditions such as parking lot islands or treelawns, where space for growth
is limited and the trees are more vulnerable to human activity.
If your maples are planted properly within your yard and have been given
enough space both above and below ground to "spread their wings", you should
get many decades of enjoyment from them.
Most important to their health and
longevity is good care, which includes fertilization when necessary,
watering properly during extended dry spells, and managing any pests that
might come along.
If you are unsure how to nurture your new trees, I
recommend you contact an arborist in your area to seek further advice.
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