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Outstanding Fall Color, Sweet as Sugar Maple Syrup

  • Yellow, Orange and Red Autumn Color
  • Edible Sap
  • Makes Scrumptious Maple Syrup
  • Fast Growing
  • Supports Nesting Birds
  • Hardy

Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) is a deciduous tree known for brilliant fall colors and sap that is the primary source for maple syrup. For over 300 year, the Sugar Maple has played an important part in the diet of many Americans.

The native Americans who had been enjoying the attributes of this wonderful fruitful plant for centuries, were quick to share it with the early North American settlers. John Smith as leader of the Virginia Colony at Jamestown in the early 1600's was one of the first to report about this tree that produced an outstanding sugar substitute.

When the dark green leaves turn a vivid eye-catching yellow, red, orange in autumn, you'll understand why Sugar Maple is best known for its spectacular fall beauty. Imagine flaming crimson, burnt orange and brilliant yellow displayed on the Sugar Maple all at the same time!

The effect of the variety of changing colors will dazzle you and your neighbors. It is one of the most remarkable fall displays of color you will see in your neighborhood.

Sugar Maples are one of the most incredible landscape trees available for several reasons. They quickly grow straight and true with a rounded crown that's not only attractive for your yard but perfect for supplying a little shade on a summer day.

Unlike a lot of trees, Sugar Maple will do well even in the shade of other trees in your yard, and it won't mind heat or drought. It's adaptable to many conditions.

Sweeter than the syrup of other Maple Saps like the Black Maple (Acer nigrum) or the Red Maple (Acer rubrum), the Sugar Maple sap produces syrup that is less cloudy and of higher quality than the others.

It's so easy to drain off some sap as it rises in early spring and boil it down that you'll be giving samples of your syrup to friends and family in no time.

Sugar Maples are also prized for their wood. It's very hard and dense, making a good choice for everything from furniture to flooring.

Magnificent fall color, beautiful and hardy shade tree, delectable maple syrup...any one of these features would make the Sugar Maple an outstanding choice for your yard. In short, the Sugar Maple has it all so order one for yourself today!

How to Use Sugar Maple in the Landscape

Use a single Sugar Maple tree as an incredible shade tree in the lawn. Give it plenty of room to grow into its full mature height and spread.

With those shallow Maple roots, it's best not to plant too close to concrete. Plant it 30 feet away from sidewalks, driveways or patios.

If you have the room, and are entrepreneurial-minded, try growing them in a large orchard to provide a cash crop. March and April are sugaring season, when the warmer temperatures encourage the tree to convert stored starches into sugar.

Sap contains 2% sugar, and it takes about 40 gallons of sap to create a gallon of delicious maple syrup. Plan to sell your Maple syrup at Farmer's Markets and online.

For a continuous hedge, plant them 15 feet apart, measuring from trunk to trunk. The canopies of the trees will grow together in time.

To give each tree its own space to develop into individual trees, plant them 25 feet apart on center. No matter what size you order from Nature Hills, you'll measure from the trunk of one to the trunk of the next.

You'll get a big jump on a mature tree by buying the largest container size we have in stock.

This is a perfect tree for lining a country road that sees less traffic. They make a magnificent stand where the trees can be spaced to let them reach maximum height and spread.

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A long-lived tree, Sugar Maples are also prized for their wood. It's very hard and dense, making a good choice for everything from furniture to flooring.

Barry Bonds had his best year of hitting home runs (73) in 2001 when he switched for the traditional Ash wood used for bats to bats made from the wood of the Sugar Maple.

Though adaptable to many soil conditions, the Sugar Maple prefers slightly acidic soils. It will not tolerate high saline soils. The tree can also be affected by heavily compacted soils and is very sensitive to air pollution.

In areas with higher pH soils, urban pollution and compaction, the Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) is recommended as a substitute.

The lovely native tree casts wonderful shade, becomes a home for your local songbirds, and delivers impressive fall color when the leaves turn yellow, orange and red. All that, and the chance to produce exquisite maple syrup? What a wonderful tree! Order your Sugar Maple today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Sugar Maple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Botanical Name Acer saccharum
Foliage Deciduous
Mature Height 50 - 70 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 45 feet
Soil Type Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red