SelecTree: Tree Detail
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
Provide good drainage in clay soil. Source of maple syrup.
Native to Eastern North America.
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.
Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.
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, Green, Red or Orange, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Green or Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).
Beige or Brown Samara, 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.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers and Scales, Anthracnose, Armillaria, 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.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acer saccharum Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 9, 2020.
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