Acer saccharum ‘Temple's Upright’

sugar maple

Outstanding Qualities

‘Temple’s Upright’ sugar maple has an unmistakably narrow, columnar form. This fast growing selection retains a strong central trunk with its side branches gracefully bowing outward then gradually ascending upward toward the sky. Dark green leaves cloak the tree during the summer and then erupt into brilliant reds and oranges with touches of golden yellow in autumn. Occasionally this selection is sold under its old name ‘Monumentale’.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Prunus x yedoensis, Betula nigra ‘Cully’ HERITAGE, Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’, Liriodendron tulipifera ‘Fastigiatum’, Picea omorika

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: green

Culture Notes

Sugar maples grow best in well drained soil, but are very tolerant of sandy and clay conditions. Full sun will give the most intense fall color. Once established this selection will only require occasional watering during dry periods. With young trees, prune to remove any misshapen growth or broken branches; as they mature very little pruning is needed.


Quick Facts

Plant Type: columnar tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering