Answer: Sugar maples (Acer saccharum) are very large trees and grow slowly at about a foot a year to about 60 or 70 feet tall and about two thirds that wide under landscape conditions. This may be too large for many residential properties. It does best in a rich and moist yet well drained soil. Among the maples, this one is less likely to develop extensive surface roots, but any dense-canopied large tree will shade the soil surface and compete with other plants for water and nutrients possibly making it difficult to grow lawn beneath it. The problem will not become apparent for some years however as the tree needs to put on some size for the effects to be felt severely.
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