Acer saccharum

Sugar maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour



Skill level


photo by Lynn Keddie, copyright GAP Photos (80681)

Plant details

This is a tree with a dense, oval crown and large dull, mid-green leaves which turn brilliant orange, red and yellow in autumn. This slow-growing tree prefers partial-shade and moist, well-draining soil. Small, greeninsh flowers appear in early spring.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: saccharum

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2000cm

Spread: 1200cm

Flowering period: March to April

Reader reviews


I am a begginner gardener and my maples have grown well for 3 years. I have noticed exponential decreases in height growth per year and exponential increases in branching and leaves per year. Last year when I took a picture of them it was 2 trees but in the picture it looked like 1 big tree

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