A large tree with rounded, dense crown and striking, multicolored foliage in autumn. Bark is smooth in youth, becoming quite shaggy with age. Its straight, central trunk; wide-spreading branches; and rounded crown are all attractive landscape characteristics. One of the best of the larger shade trees, more states have claimed sugar maple as their state tree than any other single species.
Grows to 60-75’ tall with a dense canopy that effectively shades out grass as it matures.
Grows best with at least 2 hours of sun.
Site in average to dry, well-drained soil.
Yellow-green flowers in spring are an early source of pollen.
Dispays vibrant shades of yellow, burnt orange, and red foliage in fall.
Rabbits and deer eat the tender shoots and leaves of red maples. Red and gray squirrels, chipmunks, and flying squirrels feed on its seeds, buds, twigs, and leaves. Sugar Maple is also important for several insect species, including 273 species of Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) larvae in central Ohio. Maples provide cover for many species of wildlife. The screech owl, pileated woodpecker, and common flicker nest in cavities, which are also well-suited for wood ducks in river floodplain communities.
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