Help! Tree identification

howardwang186July 28, 2014

Hi all,
I have never taken care of garden and tree before. Please let me know which tree is in the picture? What is the safe distance to grow between the tree and house? I really appreciate your help.

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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Could you provide a close-up please of the leaves?

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 12:43PM
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huggorm

Probably some kind of maple but we need a close up pic of the leaves to tell what kind

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 12:44PM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

Acer rubrum (Red Maple) most likely.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 2:19PM
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howardwang186

Thanks for your help. I attach a close up photo of leaves. Please help me ID my trees. I am worried they are too close to my house although they are not big now.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:22PM
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corkball(4)

Concur with hairmetal. It sure looks like red maple. Good news is they don't get gigantically out of hand like silver maple. I probably would have planted it farther out, but OTOH I wouldn't worry too much about it.
How far is it from the foundation (house, not deck)?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 6:45PM
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howardwang186

One if them is 12 feet from the corner of the basement. The other is 18 feet. Should I get rid of them to prevent future root invasion problem? My wife suggest me to at least keep them after this fall since we just purchase this house. They are about 15 feet tall.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:28AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Those are too close to the house and will cause foundation damage during their lifetime; included will be seed and leaf debris in your gutters that will need annual cleaning.

A 40' Acer rubrum can easily have roots extending 80 feet from the tree. The only circumstance I'd feel comfortable planting a Red maple/Acer rubrum is 40 feet away from a home or further.

Substitutes that near to your home should be a large shrub/small tree or a tree having less aggressive roots/leaf&seed clutter.

Hope this helps.

Dax

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 8:27AM
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