Acer saccharum
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Hardiness Zone: 3-8 Height: 12-24 metres; 40-80 feet Spread: 9-18 metres; 30-60 feet Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium Tolerates: Heavy shade Culture: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers fertile, slightly acidic soil. Noteworthy Characteristics: Acer saccharum is a deciduous native tree which will typically grow 40' to 80' tall with a dense, rounded crown. This tree is a main component of the Eastern U.S. hardwood forest and is most responsible for giving New England its reputation for spectacular yellow-orange fall color. Sugar maples are long-lived trees which grow relatively slowly. Excellent shade tree. The sugar maple leaf is the national symbol of Canada. Garden Uses: Excellent specimen tree for the lawn or parks. May be used as a street tree as long as it can be located on a street and in a location where road salt, soil compaction and pollution will not be significant problems.