General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 40 to 60 feet, to 100 feet
Plant Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Other: brown paired samaras are eaten by birds and small mammals
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish-yellow bell shaped
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Edible Parts: Sap
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Sugar Maple
  • Maple

Photo Gallery
Location: Kerr Park in Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-11-06
mature tree in autumn color
Location: southeast pennsylvania
Date: 2015-10-31
autumn foliage
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-10-31
mature tree in autumn color
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2018-01-08
"Acer saccharum, 2018, [Silver Maple], suh-KAIR-um, 60x40ft. #Tre
Location: Hibernia County Park in southeast Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-10-31
trunk of a full-grown tree
Location: Botanical Garden Utrecht
Date: 2017-09-27
Location: Valley Forge Park near Norristown, PA
Date: 2014-11-07
mature tree in fall color
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-10-29
autumn leaves
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2015-10-29
"Acer saccharum, 2015, Sugar Maple, suh-KAIR-um, 60x40 ft Tree, Z
Location: southeast Pennsylvania
Date: April 2010
close-up of flowers
Location: Valley Forge Park near Norristown, PA
Date: 2014-01-30
full-grown tree in winter
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-10-29
two trees touching in yard
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2015-08-08
"Acer saccharum, 2015, Sugar Maple, suh-KAIR-um, 60x40 ft Tree, Z
Location: Sunset Park in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: 2010-08-18
full-grown tree planted in park
Location: southeast Pennylvania
Date: 2011-04-15
flowers in bloom in April
Location: Tyler Arboretum in southeast PA near Media
Date: 2012-02-15
bucket for sap collection for pancake day
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-10-06
samaras (seed with a wing)
Location: Marsh Creek Lake Park in southeast PA
Date: 2018-01-18
looking up a trunk
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 12, 2017 5:14 PM concerning plant:
    I consider the Sugar Maple to be the most lovely of all large maple species in the world. It has a large native range in southeast Canada and New England down to northern Georgia to eastern Kansas and up to northern Minnesota. It is a common species in much of its range. It is one of the shade tolerant tree species that are climax forest trees. It and American Beech in a number of areas are the final climax forest trees; otherwise it shares the mature forest with oaks, hickories, and others. Most nurseries sell this species as a shade tree. It is a high quality species, but it is not made for polluted or tough urban environments. It needs plenty of room for head and roots in good quality, moist soils. I used this Acer saccharum saccharum designation because of its sister variety of the Black Sugar Maple of Acer saccharum nigrum.

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