Choosing A Tree For A Colorado Landscape?
Another tree to consider for our urban forests. This one is a Rocky Mountain native. Bigtooth maple (Acer grandidentatum) is an outstanding slow growing Rocky Mountain native. It’s a small tree or large shrub with 5-lobed dark green leaves. Fall colors this tree in yellow, orange, or red colors in the fall. It’s tolerant of dry shade and our alkaline soils. It’s a great accent plant and does well in low water gardens and yards. It like sun but will tolerate partial shade.
One cultivar is ‘Manzano’ from the Albuquerque area. It has rich orange and red fall color. It more tree like and some tree experts feel it might be a western stand of Sugar Maples from the east. 25’ to 35’ tall. These trees make a fine hard wood, flow with sap like the well know Sugar maples of the east. In the west it’s usually found in canyons and along the banks of mountain streams. The trees are deliciously shady.