In general how long do maple trees live? Does the lifespan vary a lot according to species? I'm thinking of planting a few in my yard and I'm wondering how long they will be around.
There are a lot of factors that affect lifespan for all trees:
If you live in an old growth forest that has never been logged larger maples can live well over 200 years.
If you live in an urban environment in USDA zones 3 to 7
- Norway maple 100 years (Invasive in some areas and does not play well with others)
- Red maple 100 years
- Silver maple 100 years (I cannot imagine why you would want to plant this species)
- Sugar maple 75 years (away from compacted soil)
If you live where the Asian long horned beetle has been seen then the lifespan of a maple could be very short.
There are many kinds of maples that are smaller such as the Amur Maple. I'm sure there's something that will fit. My choice of species would not include Ash or Maple due the possible appearance of introduced pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer or the Asian Long Horned Beetle in your region. If you have the room Gingko Biloba seems immune to almost every pest and disease.