Trees in front of the library

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101.Southern Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum

Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
4 to 8
60 to 75 ft.; potential to 100 to 120 ft.
Variable but usually about 2/3’s the height
Upright oval to rounded; usually quite dense foliage
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
Prefers well-drained, moderately moist, fertile soil; does not perform well in tight compacted situations
1/5 to ¼ inch wide, greenish yellow borne on 1 to 3 inch long pendulous hairy pedicels
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
Eastern Canada to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. Introduced 1753
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