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    Really slow growing sugar maple?

    I have a sugar maple that was planted in the front parkway of my house when the house was first built. The tree is 8 years old, and as far as I can tell, it has not grown in height/width in the last 8 years.

    It does fully leaf out, and appears healthy (no insect holes, no weeping sap). It may seem like the leaves are smaller than I would expect (4-5 inches in width), but they are healthy leaves.

    I fertilize the tree every spring, and it is watered in times of drought.

    My question is - does this sound like a normal slow growth pattern, or is this tree just struggling to survive in the Illinois soil that it was planted? (I do not know where it was original grown).

    Thanks,
    Paul

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    RE: Really slow growing sugar maple?

    A photo might reveal some problem such as improper planting depth. What it might not reveal is if the tree is backfilled with rocks and construction debris such as the tree my builder put in. You can also have a soil test to see if fertilizer is even needed or if that is creating conflicts.

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    RE: Really slow growing sugar maple?

    Thanks - I expect it's the contractor special backfill material (clay, bricks and stone).

    I fertilize it every spring, and even added some lime one year.

    I guess as long as it still leafs out and doesn't show signs of damage, it will have a normal, but short in height, life.

    Thanks,
    Paul

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