SCIENTIFIC NAME: Acer saccharum
This Tree in Colorado: The Sugar Maple is one of the best shade and lawn trees for larger areas. It has a pleasing growth habit and beautiful fall color.
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate.
Landscape Use: This tree commonly grows up to around 75′ high, but has been known to occasionally grow as tall as 120′. The spread usually equals about two-thirds of the tree’s height. Likes ample space; does not thrive in crowded or polluted conditions.
Hardiness: Usually zones 4-8; some cultivars are heat tolerant up to zones 7-8.
Leaves: 3-5 lobed leaves are medium to dark green in summer and can turn a variety of colors in fall, from brilliant yellow to burnt orange to red depending on the tree.
Flowers: Subtle flowers are greenish yellow.
Bark: Smooth and grey-brown in youth; deeply furrowed with irregular thick plates or ridges with age.
Insects and Disease: While this tree is generally healthy, excessive drought conditions can make it susceptible to leaf scorch and Verticillium wilt.
Dirr, Michael Dr., “Manual of Woody Landscape Plants,” 1998.