Today, we removed two of our three Southern sugar maples. Planted just 15 years ago, I pulled these three as saplings out of the leaf mold just across the pasture fence. At the time, they were about the size of yellow No. 2 pencils. They grew very quickly, and today stand about 30 to 40 feet tall. I have limbed them up as they grew, but now the trio cast too much shade on neighboring shrubs. Storms damaged one severely, and the middle one has a weak fork. So, those two have to go.
After removing trees, things already look much better. I think one is enough, and I expect the one we left to appreciate the lack of competition. I anticipate better flowering on the shrubs next year, but I will miss that glorious mass of yellow fall foliage.