Three and a half years ago, we got four maple saplings from Lowes. They were free and part of a giveaway in response to the ice storm we’d been through the previous Christmas. Three of the trees have survived, but interestingly they’re growing very differently.
We planted most of the trees alongside the driveway to further my ambition of having beautiful big branches arching over the driveway some day. One of these trees is the one that died. We planted the final tree on the turnaround. We already have a huge old maple that I love on the turnaround. But I’m worried that some day it may come to the end of its life, and I’d like to have a new tree established at that time.
The trees were all very, very small when we got them from Lowes, but they were all roughly the same size.
For some reason, the tree on the turnaround is growing big and fat, while the two on the driveway are still fairly spindly.
Observe the one on the turnaround–with a handy maple leaf for scale.
And now let’s walk down the driveway with our same measuring leaf.
Does it seem weird to anyone else that these trees are so different? They’re supposed to be the same type of trees (red maples), planted at the same time on the same property and
cared for neglected in the same way.
As I’m writing this, I’m looking out the window at the turnaround, and I’m wondering if this tree is different from the others. You can see in the photo at the start of this post that the driveway tree sports a crown of beautiful red leaves. The turnaround tree–which has many, many more leaves and branches–is still completely green. Hmmm. That would certainly explain why it’s growing differently.
Any other ideas? Any tips for tree care? I admit, my usual approach is to do nothing.
Apparently maples growing in wetter ground may turn red several weeks sooner than those on higher/dryer ground. That might explain the leaf colour but not the trunk size. That is a puzzle!
That is so interesting. Farther down the driveway is definitely wetter than up at the house. So that would make sense
Julia, Steve says you have better soil conditions in the roundabout. This could help explain the difference.
I guess… but I’m pretty sure there’s gravel or something down not too far given how it feels any time I have to dig a hole!