Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum

Érable à sucre

The Sugar Maple can live for more than 200 years. Its colours peak in the fall, when the leaves turn bright yellow, orange and red. Other names: Hard Maple, Rock Maple, Érable franc, Érable franche

The sugar maple is the national tree of Canada. Sap is extracted to produce maple syrup.


In nature Rich woods, rocky hillsides..


Companion plant suggestions include American Beech, White Pine, Eastern Hemlock.

Caring for Sugar Maple

Flowers appear at same time as leaves. Moderate to fast growing. Shade tolerant but needs full sun for good development. Wide-spreading roots. Do not plant where road salt, pollution and soil compaction are problematic.

It is happiest in Likes organic, moist, slightly acidic soil but also tolerates poorer soils. Low to moderate pollution tolerance.

In terms of water, Sugar Maple needs Low to moderate need for water.