The maple tree root system is one of the most important factors to consider before planting a maple tree in a home garden. Different types of maple trees have different types of root systems. Some are small and compact; others can be large and sparse. Some maple tree root systems are deep, while others are just below the surface.
The silver maple tree root system is one of the most intrusive of all the maple tree root systems. The silver maple tree root system is large and has very strong roots. They will easily grow up and raise cement sidewalks and porches. Planted near a house, the silver maple tree root system has even been known to break through a basement wall and cause significant structural damage. In order to prevent this, pruning of the silver maple leaf root system must be done, and not taken lightly.
The Norway maple leaf root system is just below the surface of the soil. This means that it will also cause damage to sidewalks and other thin layers of cement. The Norway maple tree root system is not as powerful as that of the silver maple tree, so structural damage to a house or building is not nearly as likely. Another drawback to the high Norway maple tree root system is that other plants growing near the base will have to struggle to obtain enough nutrients to survive.