Sugar Maple is a species of maple native to the hardwood forests of eastern Canada, from Nova Scotia west through southern Quebec, central and southern Ontario to southeastern Manitoba around Lake of the Woods, and the northern parts of the Central and Eastern United States, from  Minnesota eastward to the highlands of the upper eastern states and the interior Midwest. Sugar maple is best known for its bright fall foliage and for being the primary source of maple syrup.

Sugar Maple Facts

  • Scientific name: Acer saccharum
  • Range: across most of the eastern United States
  • Height: up to 100 ft.
  • Fruit: winged seed pods, or samaras—their whirling enables them to travel farther in the wind
  • Fall colors: bright red, orange and yellow

You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Sugar Maple

  • Plant in late fall or winter when the tree is dormant, unless the ground is frozen.
  • Allow plenty of room for the tree to mature and grow.
  • Water it regularly in its first three years.
  • Spread mulch around the base of the tree.

If Trees Could Sing…

Click here to see Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn talk about one of their favorite trees. Video courtesy of The Nature Conservancy, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.