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Acer saccharum - Sugar Maple


Hardiness

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

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Light

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

Does best on moist, but well drained soils
Water

Moderate to regular watering
Habit

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
Flowers

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


Comments:

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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