The widely planted Norway maple (Acer platanoides) is not my favourite tree. I wouldn’t mind so much if it would stick to its native range — from Scandinavia to Turkey — but in Canada, it’s quite rightly the poster child for the invasive species lobby. Shade-tolerant Norway maples have thick, dense canopies that cast an impermeable shadow, together with a tangle of surface … [Read more...] about Viking maples invade Canada
Daniela in Bracebridge, Ont., asks: How do I permanently get rid of the hundreds of maple saplings (about 2 to 3 inches tall) that grew naturally from dropped keys? We recently purchased this house, and the backyard has suffered some neglect. Beckie’s reply: It sounds like the maple keys have germinated in bare soil. If that’s the case, just mow over them a few times; that … [Read more...] about How to remove maple saplings?
The trees are just past the peak of their gorgeous autumn colours. But how many blazing red sugar maples can I pack into my front garden? Not many, in fact, none at all. I’ve been trying to find small shrubs (or shrubs I can trim to a reasonable size) that will take on bright autumn hues. My first effort was red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia, Zone 5), a leggy shrub with … [Read more...] about Small shrubs with autumn colour