These days, the Norway Maple doesn’t show up on lists of the best tree to plant in your back yard. Arborists don’t recommend it. In fact, most positively discourage it.
“It’s a ‘bad guy’ - number one in our black book,” says Tobias Effinger, owner of Arboreal Tree Care, a Thornbury-based arboriculture firm.
But the tree – which goes by the botanical name Acer platanoides
- is widely available from nurseries and is popular with homeowners for its tolerance of urban conditions and the attractive foliage, from deep purple to variegated, of many of its cultivars.
What else is in the black book? I ask him as we wander through the Collingwood Arboretum, a lovely lakefront park where he is the arborist in charge.
Nothing, he replies.
In fact, Effinger is a man who has a good word for almost any tree, even those like the White Poplar Populus alba
, Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia
, or Manitoba Maple Acer negundo
that are often dismissed as invasive or weed trees.
But not for the Norway Maple. Read more