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Acer saccharum
Acer saccharum
Acer saccharum
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Available Autumn/Winter 2019 Native to Eastern North America and known for its fantastic autumn colour, Acer saccharum is 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.

Supplied Size: 3L pots (seed grown, approx 3 - 4 year old plants, 100 - 125 cm tall)

  • 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.
    • Height: eventually up to 20 m (60 ft) / or up to 3 - 5 m (10 - 16 ft) after 10 years
    • Spread: 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.

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