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Commemoration Sugar Maple

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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

Characteristics

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

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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