Trident Maple should be planted in full sun or partial shade on well-drained, acid to neutral soil. Consider protecting the trunk with a white trunk wrap the first couple winters to help prevent bark damage from direct sun exposure. Given open soil for root expansion, it tolerates salt, air pollution, wind and drought. This is one tough tree well suited for urban landscapes. Foliage remains green even in extended drought. Bark exfoliates nicely. Some chlorosis can develop in soils with alkaline soil pH but it is moderately tolerant of soil salt.
It performs well in urban areas where soils are often poor and compacted. Trees are easily transplanted due to their fibrous, branching root system and they do not drop messy leaves, fruit or flowers. Although listed as a small tree, I (Dr. Gilman) have seen trees more than 50 feet tall. Should make a great street tree. ‘ABTIR’ (trademarked as Streetwise) has a more upright habit and can be trained to a central leader more easily than the species. ‘Redman’ has great fall color and is easy to train to a central leader.
The wood is considered diffuse porous which means that there is little difference in size between the spring wood pores and the summer wood pores. Plant pollen can cause significant allergy problems for some people.
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