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101.Southern Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
4 to 8
Height:
60 to 75 ft.; potential to 100 to 120 ft.
Spread:
Variable but usually about 2/3’s the height
Habit:
Upright oval to rounded; usually quite dense foliage
Light:
Tolerates shade and is often seen on the forest floor under a canopy of leaves gradually developing and assuming its place in the climax forest
Soil:
Prefers well-drained, moderately moist, fertile soil; does not perform well in tight compacted situations
Flowers:
1/5 to ¼ inch wide, greenish yellow borne on 1 to 3 inch long pendulous hairy pedicels
Fruit:
Samara, glabrous, 1 to 1.75 inch long, somewhat horseshoe-shaped with nearly parallel or slightly divergent wings, maturing September-October
Landscape use:
One of the best of the larger shade and lawn trees; excellent for lawn, park, golf course, possibly as a street tree where tree lawns are extensive
History:
Eastern Canada to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. Introduced 1753
Pests\Problems:
Suffers from extended heat and if used in the South should be located away from stressful sites
Significant Features:
Beautiful fall color and pleasing growth habit

 

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