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Sugar Maple

  • Sugar Maple leaf
  • Rickenbacker guitar showing maple grain

The Sugar Maple is the species you need if you intend to produce your own maple syrup. However while this species can grow successfully in the UK, our maritime climate, and particularly our mild winters, mean sap production is not commercially viable - although you could still collect a small quantity for tasting purposes once the tree is large enough.

Fortunately the Sugar Maple is also one of the most spectacular maple species when it comes to autumn leaf colour. The best colours arise in climates where autumn nights are cool and days still warm and sunny.

Acer saccharum

Sugar Maple maple trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £44.95
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

History

The Sugar Maple, also known as the Rock Maple, is native to north-east of the USA and Canada, particularly around the Great Lakes. The sap of many other maple species can also be used to produce maple syrup, but the sap of the Sugar Maple is the clearest and sweetest.

You can find more information about maple syrup production from the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Assocation.

The mature wood of this species has particularly attractive grain contours, often with interesting "birds-eye" effects, as well as excellent tonal qualities. It is the main species of wood used in the construction of Rickenbacker electric guitars (the grain can be seen most clearly in their natural "Mapleglo" colour range). It is also often used for the necks of Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars.

The Sugar Maple is often confused with the Silver Maple on account of their similar Latin species names - Acer saccharum and Acer saccharinum respectively.

Sugar Maple characteristics

  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Autumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Multiple tints
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sun
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:Canada
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous

Similar varieties

  • Acer saccharinum
    Silver Maple
    A large stately tree featuring attractive cut leaves which turn yellow and gold in the autumn.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Acer saccharinum Silver Maple