Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2003 8:38 am Posts: 784 Location: ,
I'm pretty sure I've heard Howard mention them growing in heave limestone soils.
Caddo's not a bad choice either, if you're more comfortable with that though.
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Joined: Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:05 am Posts: 58 Location: Plano,TEXAS
For those still interested, I just planted a Shantung Maple in clay/limestone soils. I did so after watching my neighbor's over the last year.
The neighbor's tree grew so fast, I thought it was a junk maple until fall rolled around and it was brilliant. This tree is doing great. Fast grower, great fall color in less than ideal soil conditions.
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:01 am Posts: 961 Location: Dallas, TX
The bigtooth has simply outgrown the other maples. It could be a fluke but I don't think so. The shantung I planted 5 years ago at my previous office has done well but gets some damage on the youngest growth during the heat of the summer. They don't maintain that complex organically. There is a southern sugar maple at the Discovery Gardens at Fair Park that looks really good. It would also be be worth considering if it can be found in the stores.
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