Acer saccharum 'Commemoration®'

Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum 'Commemoration?' - Sugar Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

If necessary prune when sap stops running in the midsummer.

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The best part of the fall season is the color cornicopia that nature provides, and this tree will race to be first with its brilliant display of color, holding well after a killing frost.  Also the leaves are tougher and more resistant to tattering in heavy winds.

  • Green foliage turns yellow-orange-red in fall
  • Turns color earlier and holds color later into fall
  • Sugary sap is used for making maple syrup

This is a huge tree and should be planted where it has room to grow and where it can be irrigated in periods of drought.

Height: 40-50 ft
Spread: 25-35 ft
Zone: 4-7
Color: Green

Interesting Notes about Sugar Maple:

Sugar Maples are known primarily as one of the best shade trees of all species.  It is the tree chosen as the 'state tree' by more states more often than any others, plus its value extends commercially for syrup production and lumber.  This maple is a little fussier than most other maples because it does not do well in poorly drained soils, salt or pollution.  It does produce roots that tend to grow very close to the soil surface, which is important because these are feeder roots.  These roots and the overall size of the tree will eventually dissuade other plants from growing beneath the tree.  The tree does produce fruit which are referred to as samaras (or helicopters) that mature in fall.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Fast Growing
  • Low Maintenance
  • Focal Point
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen
  • Cold Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water