Common Name: sugar maple
Zone: 3 to 8
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Location: Philadelphia, PA
If you have the space and love fall color, this is the tree to have. There simply is no more beautiful tree for fall color. All it wants is to be left alone. And admired. Besides, in the spring your kids can walk around with its fruit stuck on their noses, pretending to be rhinos. What more can one possibly desire of a tree?
Location: Meadowbrook, PA
Relative to the tree world, I have not found this tree to be a slow grower. But I have found it to be unbelievably spectacular in the fall; if you have the space - and this will be a BIG tree - plant more than one and you can save the money driving to New England to see theirs. It is also a native tree that is highly supportive of native fauna.
Location: Oklahoma City
"Sugar Maples have seen a resurgence of popularity in Oklahoma City in the past 20 years and you are finally able to see some nice sized ones around town.
Part of the reason for their return to use can be attributed to an former Oklahoma State University professor named Carl Whitcomb. He realized that trees grown from seed collected from wild trees in Oklahoma's Caddo Mountains had increased tolerance to Great Plains heat & wind. This cultivar is now known as 'Caddo' and it is being widely planted in Oklahoma City.
And it is a pleasure to see. Young trees have an appealingly symmetric habit. Older trees have a pleasing rounded shape. Fall foliage color begins on the highest leaves and progresses down the tree in a cascade of yellows, oranges, and reds.
This is not an ideal street tree in Oklahoma City. It likes better soil, and better care, than street-side trees normally get. It should also never be planted near power lines. It looks terrible after butchering by the power-line tree police.
It is, however, an outstanding specimen for a prominent position in any fair-sized lawn. And it will gracefully shade a patio if not planted too close to the home or other structures."
Location: Fishers, IN
Beautiful vase shape. Outstanding fall color. Practically no pruning required other than raising the crown as it matures. My personal favorite of the maples.
Location: St. Louis, MO, USA
The most beautiful fall tree ever. Great for shade and the perfect size. I get so many complements from my neighbors on this tree.