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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.


Quick Acer saccharum Growing and Care Guide

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

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 600 to 780
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 480 to 600
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Color of Bloom: Green
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • 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
  • Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • 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

  • Can Attact:
  • Tolerant of: Heavy Shade
  • Best used in: Firewood, Screen, Specimen, Large Garden and Street Tree, Woodland garden
  • Miscellaneous : Entices birdlife to the garden, North American native, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms
  • Genus Detail: Acer
  • Further Reading: Here and Here


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