(photo courtesy of Wildflower.org)
Now thirteen years later after I'd tried to mold this area to my will with exotic plants and grass, I became aware of native plants. Of course, now I don't even want grass at all. But I've come to realize the reason nothing grew there was that Norway Maples release platanoides, chemicals that prevent undergrowth. They won't let other plants grow near them. This is a Norway Maple and I don't want it. First, it's not a native tree, Secondly, it's invasive. Fortunately its invasive nature is becoming more widely acknowledged. Both New Hampshire and Massachusetts have banned its sale. Meijer Garden Centers no longer sells it due to this characteristic. I now know why to this day I'm constantly pulling maple seedlings from all over the yard. For years, this tree species was one of the most popular shade trees sold in America. And with my new found respect for ecology, this tree had to go. This one is down and two more I discovered have to go. So....anyone want firewood?