How to Grow Acer saccharum Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Sugar Maple

Sugar maple

Steeple Sugar Maple photograph by F. D. Richards.

Acer saccharum

Acer saccharum 'Majesty', the Sugar Maple by F. D. Richards, CC.

Acer saccharum Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Acer saccharum
  • Common Name: Sugar maple
  • Growing Zone: USA: 5 to 8
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 600 to 780
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 480 to 600
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Flower Details: Green
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Oval, Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Seed or grafting
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Aphids and horse chestnut scale are sometimes a problem
  • Diseases: Usually disease free but Verticillium wiltcan be problematic

Further Information

Garden Plants Common Name Index

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