Sugar Maple is a long-living native deciduous tree with a dense rounded crown and a good reputation for its fall colors. Medium green palmated leaves turn yellow-orange in autumn, sometimes with considerable color variations. Neither flowers or fruit is significant. Best color in full sun and rich, moist, slightly acidic well-drained soils. Intolerant of pollution and road salt.
40' - 80'
30' - 60'
USDA Hardiness Zone:
3 - 8
Full Sun, Part Sun
Season of Interest:
MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Medium maintenance. Water regularly. Susceptible to verticillium wilt, anthracnose, cankers, leaf spot, and tar spot. Also susceptible to aphids, borers, and scale. Leaf scorch may be a problem with drought conditions in full sun.
LANDSCAPE USES: Group Plantings or Specimen Tree, Naturalized Areas, Woodland Gardens, Privacy Screen, and Shade Tree
IMAGES: Jean-Pol GRANDMONT, Acer saccharum JPG01, CC BY-SA 2.5, (2) Photo by James St. John,Acer saccharum (sugar maple trees in fall colors) (Newark campus of Ohio State University, Newark, Ohio, USA) (17 October 2014) 1, (3) Superior National Forest, Acer saccharum 1-jgreenlee (5098070608), CC BY 2.0, (4) mlwalker, Acer saccharum Homewood Cemetery, CC BY 2.0
*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.