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Maple, Sugar – 12-18″ (2-0)

Sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is a moderate growing tree with medium longevity.  It grows 40-80 feet tall and has a spread of 35-50 feet.   It prefers well-drained soils and is very shade tolerant.  Sugar maple has a brilliant fall color and is ideal for parks and lawns.  The sap can be tapped in the spring to make maple syrup.

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Product Description

  • Seedling Size:  12-18″
  • Seedling Age:  2-0
  • Mature Height:  60 – 80 feet
  • Mature Width:  40 – 70 feet
  • Soil Type:  Acidic, Alkaline, Drought-tolerant, Well-drained
  • Moisture:  Dry, Moderate
  • Sun:  Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Growth Rate:  Slow, 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.

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Norway Maple by Kevinlyfellow

Norway Maple by Kevinlyfellow

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.