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Sugar maple

  • Native Plants,
  • Trees and Shrubs
Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Sokolyk)
Acer saccharum.
  • Acer saccharum.
  • Acer saccharum.



Origin and description

The sugar maple is a large tree with a round crown that grows to 30 metres. Its bright green leaves turn yellow-orange in fall.

Common name

Sugar maple

Latin name (genus)

Acer saccharum

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Aceraceae

Growing conditions

This species prefers a moist, well-drained site and adapts fairly well to urban conditions.

Easy to grow?

The sugar maple is popular primarily for its shape and fall colouring. It is often used in mass planting in large spaces or as a specimen tree. It is also used as a street tree, but is far better suited to secondary streets than major thoroughfares.


  • Zone 4

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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