Sugar Maple Tree (Acer saccharum)

  • Broadleafed
  • Deciduous

Sugar maples (Acer saccharum) have bright fall foliage and are the primary source of maple syrup. The sugar maple tree also has very dense lumber that is used for many things, including baseball bats. Sugar maples are important species to the ecology of many forests in North America, and they are among the most shade tolerant of larger, deciduous trees.

  • Alternate Common Name: None
  • Average Height: Sugar maples reach heights of 82-115 ft tall.
  • Average Width: 50 feet of width is very typical for a sugar maple tree.
  • Leaf Description: The sugar maple leaf grows up to 7.9 inches long and equally wide. Each leaf has five palmate lobes. Leaves have more rounded notches than most maples.
  • Bark Description: Smooth gray-brown. Deep furrowed with random ridges.
  • Twig Description: Reddish-brown to green. Smooth.
  • Flowering: Sugar maple tree flowers are in corymbs of about 5-10 together. Occur in early spring in cooler temperatures.
  • Needle or Broadleaf: Broadleafed
  • Comments: Sugar maples have bright fall foliage and are the primary source of maple syrup. The sugar maple tree also has very dense lumber that is used for many things, including baseball bats.

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