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Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

Trident maple (Acer buergeranum)

Small trees

Golden-rain tree
Golden-rain tree

  • Maximum height
    30 feet
  • Relative growth rate
  • Freedom from insect pests
  • Freedom from disease problems
  • Resistance to storm damage
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas
  • Easy to transplant
  • Withstands city conditions

Golden-rain tree

Trident maple is a small, round-headed tree with attractive, exfoliating bark. New leaves are often bronze to purple, changing to glossy green in summer and finally orange and red in the fall. It transplants readily and tolerates drought well.

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