(Sugar Maple) Native to Eastern North America and known for its fantastic autumn colour, Acer saccharum is a handsome tree, unusual in the United Kingdom and commonly called the 'Sugar Maple'.
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Native to Eastern North America and known for its fantastic autumn colour, Acer saccharum is a handsome tree, unusual in the United Kingdom and commonly called the 'Sugar Maple'. The sap contains a large proportion of sugar and is one of the major sources of maple syrup.
The leaves are bright green in spring / summer, turning delightful shades of orange-gold, scarlet and crimson in a good crisp autumn before falling. Acer saccharum is a sensational garden or street tree for autumn colour!
Although a handsome tree once established, we find that Acer saccharum is slow growing in the short term and not for instant gratification.
- Position: Full sun.
- Soil: Any well drained, lime free soil. The autumn colour is more intense in acidic soils!
- Hardiness: Hardy. Acer saccharum is tolerant of atmospheric pollution, making it suitable for urban areas.
- Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
- Habit: Acer saccharum grows to be a medium sized or eventually in a good position, large tree with a rounded crown.
- eventually up to 20 m (60 ft) / or up to 3 - 5 m (10 - 16 ft) after 10 years
- 10 m (32 ft) / or up to 3 m (10 ft) after 10 years
- Notes: Acer saccharum tends to be thin-stemmed and a little spindly when young. Once planted out and established they thicken out nicely.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun
- Mature Size
- Tree - Medium (20 - 50 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
- Special Features
- Autumn Colour