Acer saccharum ‘Commemoration’
‘Commemoration' sugar maple is a fast growing, grand shade tree, with thick, glossy, leathery dark-green leaves. The thick leaves are resistant to tattering in our frequent wind storms which keeps the tree looking its best through the summer. In the fall, the entire tree transforms to pumpkin-orange with blushes of red almost two weeks before other sugar maples and the color holds well into the autumn even after a hard killing frost.
Colors & Combos
Great Plant Combinations: Cornus kousa var. chinensis ‘Milky Way’, Crataegus x lavalleei, Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan-Sugi’, Fraxinus americana ‘Autumn Purple’, Liriodendron tulipifera ‘Aureomarginatum’
Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, burgundy
Great Color Partners: green
Culture NotesSugar maples grow best in well drained soil, but are very tolerant of sandy and clay conditions. Plant in full sun - a minimum of six hours - for the most intense fall color, but light shade will still allow for a satisfactory display. Once established this selection will only require occasional watering during dry periods. Prune to prevent rubbing and crossing branches in young trees; as they mature very little pruning is needed.
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Plant Type: round tree
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 35 ft. 0 in. (10.67 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8
Flower Color: red
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: occasional watering