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- Latin Name- Acer Saccharum Hardy Planting Zone- 4-9 Mature Height- 82-115 ft Width- 25-30 Sun or Shade- Partial Shade
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Facts About The Sugar Maple Seedling
The Sugar Maple Seedlings, (Acer Saccharum), also known as the Rock Maple, is a deciduous tree that is grown for its syrup, thick lumber, and beautiful colors. It is one North Americas most loved trees and is the reason for New England's reputation for their spectacular fall color.
Native to Missouri, the Sugar Maple tree grows in hardy zones of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Growing in hardwood forests in Eastern Canada from Nova Scotia to Western Quebec and South from Ontario to South Eastern Manitoba. It also increases in the Lakewood’s area, and in the Northern parts of North America from New York to West Virginia and Vermont.
Sugar Maple Seedlings thrive the best in full to partial sun, with at least four hours per day of being in direct/ unfiltered sunlight. They need to be in well-drained soil that has alkaline in it, and that is acidic. If in proper soil and light, the Sugar Maple will grow at a moderate rate of one to two feet per year, as its fastest-growing rates are during its first 35 years. At maturity, the tree will be between 40’ and 80’ tall, with the possibility of growing to 100’ tall, and will measure 30’ to 60’ across.
Sugar Maple Seedlings are a very aesthetically pleasing tree.
Its leaves come in 3-5 lobes that are 3”-6” wide and that are dark green during the summer and change from green to yellow to burnt orange, to red during the fall and early winter months. The Sugar Maple flowers from early April through the end of May. It has small green flowers that grow in groups that hang downward on slender stems. In the autumn, when the leaves start to change color, the tree produces ‘helicopter’ winged seed pods.
With its vibrant, showy colors, and enormous size, there’s no wonder why the Sugar Maple is one of the United States most loved trees.
In the summer months, if you are in drought-prone areas, you will have to give this tree water. This tree is loved by many because of the bright red and orange leaves that it produces during the fall months, this tree is often a show stopper among people who drive by. You will love having this tree in your yard. It is easy to grow and will last for many many years.
The Sugar Maple Seedlings have a lot of close relatives such as the Bigtooth Maple. Some botanists even classify Bigtooth Maple as a subspecies of the Sugar Maple. However, it is the Norway Maple that Sugar Maple is often confused. Ironically, they are not closely related when it comes to genus. It is easy to identify a Sugar Maple from a Norway Maple if you know what to look. Sugar Maple has a clear sap while Norway Maple has a white colored sap. Sugar Maple has brown sharp tipped buds while the Norway Maple has more of a green or reddish tipped buds. The leaf lobes of Sugar maple are more in triangle shape while Norway Maple has more of squarish leaf lobes.
Sugar Maple has lots of uses.
In fact, it is one of the most important trees in Canada because of the sap which is the primary ingredient in making maple syrup. It is possible to make Maple syrup from other kinds of tree sap. However, the sugar content in Sugar Maple is the highest among the species, and other trees produce a more cloudy sap.
One of the best things about Sugar Maple is the wood that it produces. Sugar Maple wood is one of the densest and hardest. The wood is often used as flooring or furniture making it highly prized by woodworkers and woodcrafters.
Any decent bowling pins and bowling alleys are made from Sugar Maple wood. The wood is also used in most basketball courts. In fact, the wood flooring that is used in the NBA is manufactured from Sugar Maple. In the baseball league, Sugar Maple baseball bats are very popular. Most skateboards are made of Sugar Maple wood. Sugar Maple wood is also used in making musical instruments like the sides and back of violins, guitar necks, and drum shells.
If you are interested in buying Sugar Maple tree for your home, then you can hardly go wrong with it. The tree is often a favorite when it comes to being a garden tree or street tree. The tree is fast growing, easy to transplant, easy to propagate and produces beautiful colors in the fall. Sugar Maple can develop in any soil, even if it is sandy, as long as it is not very dry. Loose or light clay soils are also known to support the tree. This makes Sugar Maple a viable option for homeowners who are living in an area having loose or light clay soils. However, the best medium for rooting for the tree is a rooted well-drained loam.
Sugar Maple Seedlings