Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Pollinator Plants, Shade Tolerant

Height: 40-80'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: April

Bloom Color: Green

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8

Other Names: Acer saccharum, northern sugar maple

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Sugar maple is a diverse tree with an iconic status. The sugar maple leaf is actually the national symbol of Canada, but it’s said that the United States technically has more of these trees than its northern neighbor. It is a mid sized tree and usually developing an attractive, rounded shape. Its most notable features are its brilliant yellow-orange fall color, and its ability to produce the sweet maple syrup we know and love. It makes for an excellent specimen/shade tree, however it unfortunately doesn’t tolerate salt/road pollution well, so it should be kept away from the street if possible. It hosts many different species of wildlife, notably the adorable Rosy Maple Moth (pictured above).


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Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time


Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Acer saccharum, northern sugar maple

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Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

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