Native Plant Trust

Acer saccharum

sugar maple

The mighty sugar maple boasts some of the most vivid fall colors of our entire NE flora, serving as a host plant for numerous insects as well as being the source for maple syrup. This tree is common in residential and park landscapes for its year-round charisma and naturally stately shape.

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Height: 60-80 ft
Spread: 20-50 ft
Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Bloom Color: Green

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
Ornamental Interest
Fall Foliage
Attracts Wildlife
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Host Plant
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Dioecious (fruits only on female plants)
Landscape Use
Attractive Fall Foliage and/or Ornamental Fruit
Multi Color Fall Foliage

North American Distribution

sugar maple - Acer saccharum from Native Plant Trust
Photo by Frank Bramley (c) Native Plant Trust
sugar maple - Acer saccharum from Native Plant Trust
Photo by Jean Baxter (c) Native Plant Trust