Acer saccharum
Sugar Maple

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Part ShadeBird FriendlyFall Color
Sugar Maple
Acer saccharum

Sugar maples have a dense, rounded crown and are one of the trees responsible for giving New England its reputation for spectacular fall color, as the medium green leaves turn brilliant yellow or red-orange in autumn. The familiar two-winged "helicopter" fruit is a favorite food of chipmunks, and they store it away in winter larders. This is a long-lived tree that grows relatively slowly.

  • Birds and other mammals eat the seeds
  • Provides excellent cover and nest sites for birds
  • One of the best shade trees
  • Outstanding fall color

Native Range

Rich woods of Eastern North America, especially on limestone; Nova Scotia to Minnesota and eastern South Dakota to Missouri and Virginia, and in the mountains to Georgia.

Distribution Maps by State and County


Interesting Facts


Native Americans taught the early colonists how to tap these trees to make maple syrup that has become a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S. and Canada.




Plant in full sun to part shade.  Tolerates shade well.  Prefers well-drained, moderately moist, fertile soil.  This is a big tree, so give it plenty of room to reach full size.


Mature Size: 60-70ft. Tall x 50-60ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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