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Sugar Maple / Acer saccharum
Family: Maple /Aceraceae
Characteristics: Sugar Maple is a deciduous tree having a medium texture, medium to slow growth rate, and an upright to oval form. It is best known for its brilliant yellow to orange or red fall color.
Landscape uses: Sugar Maple makes a fine specimen tree, street tree, or shade tree. It needs moist, well-drained loamy soils and does not tolerate hot, dry sites. It produces dense shade which may be a problem for sun-loving plants grown beneath its canopy.
Size: 60 to 80 feet high with a spread of 25 to 40 feet
Zones: 6b, 7a, 7b
Habitat: Moist, well-drained soils of the north Georgia mountains and occasionally in the upper Piedmont on fertile northern slopes.
Native to: Eastern Canada to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.
Comments: No other native tree matches the brilliant yellow, orange and red coloration of Sugar Maple in autumn.