sugar maple - Sapindaceae Acer saccharum


Common Namesugar maple
iTree CodeACSA3

Plant Form

FormTree: conical to spreading crown
Height80 feet
Spread40 feet

Identification Description

Foliagegreen, with 3-5 lobes; edges smooth Leaf Type  Information Icon Simple
Barkgrey smooth when young; grey/brown with irregular platy ridges
Budterminal buds sharply point, red/brown with over-lapping scales Bud Arrangement Information Icon Opposite
Twigred/brown with lenticels, turning gray with age
Flowersmall green/yellow, on long dangling stems, lacking petals
Fruitpaired "helicopter" (samaras) with bright green seed; horse-shoe shaped
Fall Colorred, orange, yellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zones pH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min2a Min3.7 SoilIntolerant
Max8a Max7.9 SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
Tolerant Moderate Yes

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. Native Yes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
Previous FamilyAceraceae
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