Landscape Literacy

Plant of the Week: Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum, more commonly known as a Sugar Maple, is a native tree with a dense, rounded crown of green leaves. It is famous for its spectacular fall color of bright yellow to burnt orange in autumn. The Sugar Maple is a very common tree in the eastern region of the United States. As its name suggests, it can be tapped to make maple syrup!

Light Needs: Full sun

Watering Needs: Moderate watering

Average Size: 60-75′ with a 40-50′ spread

Why we love this plant: The Sugar Maple is a great choice for a shade tree, but it can also be a large specimen ornamental due to the beautiful fall interest. The upright, oval shape makes it an attractive tree all year long.