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Tree Descriptions

Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

Height: 60-80’
Width: 40-70’
Growth Rate: slow
Soil: sand, loam
Moisture: moist
Shade Tolerance:  shade
Bloom Time: Apr-May
Flower Color: yellow-green
Uses: wildlife, timber, maple syrup
Spacing: 10’ x 10’ for timber, >12’ x 12’ for other uses
Habitat: Sand, loam, well drained. Full sun to partial shade. Sensitive to salt, heat, soil compaction, and drought.
Notes: Shallow roots can cause structural damage, salt sensitive, juglone tolerant, preferred deer browse.

Sugar maple’s fall colors make it ideal for parks or large lawns. Colors range from brilliant yellow to orange to red. This maple is the principle source of maple syrup. It is also the most common tree in the northern forest. It can be planted in urban landscapes, upper shorelines and upland buffers. Sugar maple is a valuable timber species.