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Acer saccharum - Sugar Maple


USDA Zones 3 to 8. 'Legacy' is one of the most heat tolerant cultivars

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Full sun or partial shade. The Sugar maple is quite shade tolerant

Does best on moist, but well drained soils

Moderate to regular watering

Deciduous, large tree, often 80 feet (24.38 m) or more tall with a trunk up to 3 feet (0.9 m) in diameter. It has a large, dense and rounded crown and is one of the giants of the forest

The fruits of the sugar maple are called winged samaras and appear before the tree leafs out in early spring


The sugar maple is a large, fast growing deciduous tree that provides abundant shade and beautiful fall foliage with shades from yellow to scarlet to blaze orange. This is an excellent tree for larger landscapes, parks, and estates. It is not particularly tolerant of air pollution. It's an important timber tree in the forest products trade, as well as the source of maple syrup and sugar. The sap is tapped from the trees in early spring, then boiled down until it is thick enough to be called syrup. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. Don't try this in the kitchen - you'll have a layer of sticky film on the walls and ceiling.


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