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Acer saccharum
Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum
Acer saccharum
Acer saccharum
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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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