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Species: Acer saccharum

(ay'ser sak-kar'um)

Acer saccharum

Sugar Maple; Rock Maple; Hard Maple

Found on Course Walks

Maples, Beeches and Others, Campus trees walk;
Big Trees in Winter;
Maples, Beeches and Others

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

Recommended Urban Trees Collection
Tree Identification Guide

Cultivars

Large tree except for 'Sugar Cone', which is a dwarf ,<30'.

'Adirondak', 'Apollo', 'Autumn Fest', 'Belle Tower', 'Bonfire', 'Commemoration', 'Endowment', 'Flashfire', 'Goldspire', 'Green Mountain', 'Legacy', 'Majesty', 'Seneca Chief', 'Sugar Cone'

Ornamental Characteristics

Tree > 30 feet, Tree < 30 feet

60' - 75' (spread variable), some cultivars less than 30'

Deciduous

upright oval to mounded; dense foliage

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun

3b

Can tolerate acid to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0)

Intolerant of compacted soil and urban stresses.

Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

few problems unless sited too close to roads and highways; leaf scorch and verticillium wilt; dieback under stress

Bare Root Transplanting

Easy

Other

native to North America (eastern Canada south to Texas); easy to transplant; sap is boiled down to make maple syrup

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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