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3.‘Legacy’ Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum ‘Legacy&rsquo


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
4 – 8
60 – 75  with a 100 – 120  potentia
variable; usually w/d height
Upright-oval to rounded; heavier crown with better distribution of leaves than most sugar maples
Best in sun or partial shade
Well-drained, moderately moist, fertile soil preferable; slightly acidic soil seems to result in greater growth
Flowers: 1/3 – 1/4  long, greenish yellow
1 – 1 3/4  long, winged fruit
Landscape use:
One of the best of the larger shade and lawn trees;excellent for lawns, parks and golf courses; not for use in crowded and polluted conditions
Native range of sugar maple is eastern Canada to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas; introduced 1753
Problems: leaf scorch caused by excessive drought
Significant Features:
Glossy, thick, dark green leaves; good red or sometimes yellow-orange fall color, has proven superior in the South, drought resistant


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Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

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