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Commemoration Sugar Maple

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Commemoration Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum ‘Commemoration’)A choice shade tree for its spectacular fall colors which range from burnt orange to red, leaves are resistant to leaf tatter; shapely and neat, a truly stately tree; adaptable to soils, but dislikes air pollution and compaction.

Green Mountain Sugar Maple is a great, nearly identical alternative to the Commemoration Sugar Maple.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
50 feet
Average Landscape Width:
40 feet
Growth Rate:
moderate
Genus:
Acer
Species:
saccharum
Cultivar:
Commemoration
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
orange
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
oval
Canopy:
high
Pruning:
prune in full leaf
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Hard Maple, Rock Maple
Branching:
decurrent
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Commemoration Sugar Maple has dark green deciduous foliage on a tree with an oval habit of growth. The glossy lobed leaves turn outstanding shades of orange, coppery-bronze and red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Commemoration Sugar Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Commemoration Sugar Maple will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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