Our landscape consultant suggested that we get a maple tree called an Amur Maple to shade the back patio. Its also called a Flame Maple because it turns bright red in the fall. They get around 20 feet tall, then stop growing.
So I saw one at the nursery for $20 and I thought that was a great deal and hey, why not start one tree off small instead of ordering all the trees 6 feet tall.
Here is the tree when we planted it on May 26, 2012. It is 2 feet tall. Notice the solar light next to it.
Look how little it is!
This tree is actually a bush, which can be trained into the shape of a tree. Amurs are the hardiest of all maple trees and can grow in even zone 2 areas. That can be farther north than Grand Prairie in Alberta.
Amur Maples are considered to be an invasive weed in several states south of us because they grow so quickly and spread their seed so well that they are becoming a real nuisance in warmer areas.
Here is the tree on July 12th – Ive slowly pruned the lower branches and chosen 2 central leaders to structure the tree. The rabbit tried to eat some bark so we had to wrap it.
And here is the tree on July 29th – a little taller, bushier
As of July 29, the tree is 43 inches tall at the tip top. Thats 19 inches of growth in 2 months!!
Heres the tree on Aug 11th – bushier still, and with now more branches now growing upward
Heres the measurement for Aug 11th – thats only 2 weeks after the last measurement. 52 inches! Thats 9 inches of growth in 14 Days!!
The maple is planted in the grass, in a hole around 15 inches deep. The hole is filled with topsoil mixed with some original soil to help preserve the microbe mix in the original soil, mixed with some sheep manure in with the soil below the roots. In mid-July, I dug the hole wider and removed some weeds, mixed in some more compost, and mulched the tree 4-5 inches deep with composted pine mulch.