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Sugar Maple
Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum
Sugar Maple

Not a common tree in Central Park, the Sugar Maple is much more at home in cool, moist soil throughout New England into Canada and into the Midwest. It does not tolerate droughty, compacted soils. This is one of the trees we use to replace Norway Maple and Sycamore Maple in our woodlands, where the soil is much like that of its native habitat. The Sugar Maple’s most distinctive feature is its spectacular fall color, which sends hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts through New England each fall.

Medium to tall, up to 100 feet. Oval, with short trunk developing into several main upright branches. Dense elliptical crown.

• Flagpole Hill (west of Mall just south of 72nd Street)
• Obelisk
• Southeast of North Meadow Recreation Center

Sugar Maple LeafSugar Maple Leaf
5 rounded lobes, 3 to 6 inches long. Dark green on top, paler green underneath.
Sugar Maple FlowerSugar Maple Flower
Light yellowish-green, hanging in clusters. Appear early spring, before tree leafs out.
Sugar Maple FruitSugar Maple Fruit
Two-winged, horseshoe-shaped samara, 1 inch long.
Sugar Maple BarkSugar Maple Bark
Brown, darkens as tree ages, developing furrows.
Steve Baskauf,
Matthew Brown, Central Park Conservancy
Neil Calvanese, Central Park Conservancy

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