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Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple tree

The sugar maple is the state tree of New York. It contains the sweetest sap of all maple trees and is used to make most maple syrup and maple sugar. The sugar maple also features spectacular fall foliage, ranging from yellow to orange to red each year. You can find dozens of this species throughout Central Park, particularly at the Pool and the North Meadow. 

Common Name: Sugar Maple

Scientific Name: Acer saccharum

Origin: Eastern United States and Canada

Family: Sapindaceae

Size: 40 - 80' tall

Form: Rounded

Culture: Prefers shade and well-drained soil, sensitive to pollution and intense heat


3 - 6” long with three wide and two narrow lobes


Yellow-greenish, bloom in April


.5 - 1” long two-winged samaras


Silver-gray to brown, may become darker over time