The sugar maple is one of America’s most-loved trees. In fact, more states have claimed it as their state tree than any other single species—for New York, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Vermont, the maple tree stands alone. One of its most prominent features is amazing fall color. As the seasons change, the leaves turn vibrant shades of yellow, burnt orange, and red.
- Boasts brilliant fall colors of yellow, orange, and red
- Provides great shade because of a dense crown
- Will be delivered at a height of 3’– 4′ for bare-root; a height of 1 3/4′ – 3 1/2′ for 1-gallon pot
- The Sugar Maple grows in zones 3-8
- Mature Height: 60’–75′
- Mature Spread: 40’–50′
- Growth Rate: Slow to Medium
- Shape: Oval
- Sun Preference: Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Soil Preference: Acidic, Alkaline, Drought-tolerant, Well-drained
- Wildlife Value: Sugar maples are commonly browsed by white-tailed deer, moose and snowshoe hare. Squirrels feed on the seeds, buds, twigs and leaves.
In 1663, chemist Robert Boyle informed the Europeans about the tree in the new world that produced a sweet substance. John Smith was among the first settlers who remarked about the Native Americans’ sugar processing and the fact that they used the product for barter. They also used the inner bark to make a tea to treat coughs and diarrhea.
Other historic uses included making soap from its ashes, using the bark as a dye, drinking the sap as a spring tonic and taking the syrup for liver and kidney problems.
During the 2001 baseball season, Barry Bonds switched from the traditional ash wood baseball bat to one made of maple and hit 73 home runs—a new record!