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Acer saccharum

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Photo Locations: Morton Arboretum - Lisle, IL, Cal Poly Campus, San Luis Obispo, CA, National Arboretum - Washington, DC, Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA, Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA

General Notes

Provide good drainage in clay soil. Source of maple syrup.

Native to Eastern North America.

Family: Sapindaceae
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.

Oval or Rounded Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 50 - 80 feet.

Width: 35 - 50 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity Greater than 150 years.

Leaves Palmate, Medium Green, Red, Gold, Orange or Multicolored, Deciduous.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Green or Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Beige or Brown Winged Seed, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.

Bark Black or Dark Brown, Furrowed, Ridged or Scaly.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 1 - 10 and 14 - 20.

USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Oak Root Fungus. Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers and Scales, Anthracnose, Oak Root Rot, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Bees.

Deer Palatable.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acer saccharum Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/acer-saccharum >

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