Acer saccharum

Sugar Maple

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The sugar maple's 5-lobed leaves grow densely on an upright oval tree that can reach a height of 100 feet when mature. It is an excellent shade tree for lawns and parks. Tiny yellowish-green flowers appear in spring before the leaves emerge. The tree's winged fruit, or samaras, matures in the fall. Autumn color is highly variable, ranging from yellow or orange to red, but it is always outstanding. A favorite maple for fall color, it is one of the best known trees of eastern North America and is as prized for its ornamental value as for the syrup produced from its sap.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
March - April
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Urban Street, Shade Tree, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 8