Good Saturday morning and Autumn greetings, SFDB readers.This Turner, Maine Autumn picture capturing the resplendent beauty of Fall with the two Adirondack chairs is picture perfect. Down here in the tropics of South Florida, we haven’t the colorful splendor of so many deciduous trees. Many years ago, I sought it out, at least a small part of it, and found a Red Maple tree variety that can take our sub tropical Zone 10 climate and planted it my front yard. It died after the second hot Summer.I planted anotherand it, too, died not being able to get established after the second year.In 2001, I planted yet another, my third Maple tree on the West side of my brick paved driveway seeking afternoon shade, but this time to help get it established I applied just a sprinkling of fertilizer (Improved Palm Special 8-4-12), but regularly every March, June and October. It thrived !More than a decade later, it stands twice as tall as the house and wide enough to shade one car from the heavy Florida sun. In a couple weeks, it’s a traffic stopper of beauty here with it’s colorful Canadian flag shape Red Maple leaves. People take pictures of themselves in front of it.The Red Maple tree variety is Acer Rubrum if you’re interested in partaking in this unusual hard-to-find seasonal delight for South Florida:http://www.ibiblio.org/botnet/flora/images/Acer_rubrum004.jpghttp://fcit.usf.edu/florida/maps/pages/1000/f1053/f1053.htmhttps://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/Redmaple2.jpgI got mine at Richard Lyons’ Nursery in the Redlands whose cultivating advice above I followed. He’s still there, going strong and specializes in flowering trees as well.–Carlos Lumpuy, Saturday 13 October 2012.P.S. Also, with the brick paver driveway in the shade of the Maple tree, it feels like ten degrees cooler in Summer without the radiated heat of poured concrete or compacted asphalt. The pavers allow for the natural percolation of rain water into our aquifers and no run off of lost fresh water into our canals as well. Life is good !
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