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Cultural Details for Acer saccharum

Common Name:
Sugar Maple, Rock Maple, or Hard Maple

Growth Rate:
Medium 12-24" per year.

Average Mature Height:
60-75', potential 100-200'

Average Mature Width:
20-28'

Flower Details:
Perfect, 5 sepals .20-.25" wide, greenish yellow before leaves in April

Fruit Details:
Samara 1-1.75 long, maturing September-October.

Fall Color:
Brilliant yellow,burnt orange limited to red tones.

Bark Details:
Young is smooth gray-brown, older deep furrowed with long irregular ridges.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Leaf Scorch can be a serious problem caused by excessive drought. Verticillium Wilt.

Native Habitat:
Zones 4-8, eastern Canada to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

Other Features:
The Sugar Maple is an outstanding native tree, unexcelled for fall color.

Culture and Care:
Transplant balled and burlapped, prefers well drained moderately moist fertile soil. Can be grown from seed.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1467, 1472, 1474, 1486, 1487, 2185, 5274, 8621

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu