Acer saccharum ‘Commemoration’

sugar maple

  • © J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

  • © J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Outstanding Qualities

‘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.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 35 ft. 0 in. (10.67 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 55 ft. 0 in. (16.76 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 35 ft. 0 in. (10.67 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: red

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: autumn foliage color

Culture Notes
Sugar 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.