One of the most important trees in eastern North America, the Sugar Maple is the source of maple syrup as well as fine hardwood. It is the official state tree of Vermont, New York, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and its leaf is emblazoned on the flag of Canada.
The Sugar Maple is well known for its outstanding fall color that is so characteristic of New England -- colors from bright yellows to orange and brilliant red. This long-lived tree can grow 60 to 80 feet tall in cultivation and to 120 feet or more in the wild. It is perhaps the consummate shade tree, is highly ornamental and attractive in the winter, too. Prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soil.