A Technical Report from The Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories
Sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is a medium-to-large growing, desirable shade tree for northern landscapes. In the summer it has medium green leaves which change to brilliant yellow, orange, and red in the fall. Sugar maple will grow to a height of 60 to 80 feet in the landscape and has a rounded crown, typically two-thirds of the height in width. Maple syrup is produced primarily from sugar maple. Trees are tapped in February or March to extract the sap—40 gallons of sap are required to produce one gallon of syrup.