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Tree of the Week - October 6, 2004

Sugar MapleSugar Maple

Acer saccharum--Sugar Maple 

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 
Height: 60 ft
Spread: 50 ft
Form: rounded 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: less than 12 inches 

Comments: Sugar Maple is a hard wooded tree with a slow growth rate. The tree is sensitive to reflected heat and will sometimes scorch in intense summers. The dense shade will prevent good lawn growth, and may need a good shade garden growing beneath it. The main ornamental feature of the tree is the red, yellow, or orange fall color. The rugged bark is sometimes considered to be ornamental. Sugar Maple's brilliant fall color

Cultivars: 
'Adirzam' (Adirondak (R)) - Ascending branches are covered with dark green foliage that resists drought and turns orange in the fall. 
'Commemoration'(PP5079) - The leaves are resistant to leaf tatter. This fast-growing tree branches well when young. 
'Fidcrezam' (Fiddler's Creek TM) - A vigorous tree with an oval form. The cut leaves are thick and waxy. The tree is listed as drought tolerant. 
Green Mountain(R) - A widely planted, hardy selection that provides reliable fall color. The leaves are reported to resist damage during dry, windy summer weather.
'Majesty' (R) Flax Mill Majesty - A fast-growing variety with a straight central leader. The thick, dark green foliage is resistant to sun scald, and becomes orange-red in fall.

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