- Seedling Size: 6-12″
- Seedling Age: 2-0
- Mature Height: 60 – 80 feet
- Mature Width: 40 – 70 feet
- Soil Type: Acidic, alkaline, drought-tolerant, well-drained soils.
- Moisture: Dry or moderate
- Sun: Full sun or partial shade
- Growth Rate: Slow to medium
Key Characteristics of Sugar Maple
- Bark forms attractive gray plates that stand out in winter.
- Opposite, 3-6 inch long leaves, star shaped with five lobes.
- Sap can be harvested in late winter to make maple syrup (40 gallons of sap per gallon of syrup).
- Showy leaves are seen in the fall season.
Visitors Attracted to Sugar Maple
- Rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)
- Maple looper (Parallelia bistriaris)
- Rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
Help Control Invasives!
Sugar maple makes a great alternative to Norway maple (Acer platanoides), an invasive plant still occasionally planted in landscapes. Plus, sugar maple is more resistant to tar spot disease.
- Sugar Maple – “Sugar” by F. D. Richards is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
- Sugar Maple Bark – Bill Cook, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
- Sugar Maple Leaves – Bill Cook, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
- Sugar Maple Fall Color – “Acer saccharum (sugar maple)” by Kristine Paulus is licensed by CC BY 2.0