Growth Rate for Liquid Amber and Maple Trees
Maple trees are similar in appearance to liquid amber trees, better known as sweetgum trees. Both types of trees are characterized by rapid growth, although some species of maple such as sugar maple grow more slowly.
The active growth period of the sweetgum tree occurs during the spring and summer. Sweetgums produce a single stem that grows rapidly at an average annual rate of more than 24 inches. The long lifespan of sweetgum trees allows them to reach a mature height up to 100 feet, with up to 45 feet of growth occurring during the first 20 years.
The silver maple is also a fast-growing tree that can exceed 24 inches of annual growth. It also produces a single stem and can reach 45 feet in height after its first 20 years. Silver maples don't live as long as sweetgum trees, so they reach a mature height of only about 90 feet.
Red maple trees are characterized by rapid growth and a short lifespan. In maturity, this species reaches a maximum of 68 feet tall. It can reach 35 feet in height within 20 years, with an average annual growth exceeding 24 inches.
Maple Trees Bud?
More than 120 maple species exist. Within each species are hundreds of cultivars bred for specific traits like color, size or form. Buds set in the fall but species type and seasonal weather conditions influence exact budding times. Limbs, twigs and branches increase in length. During the fall, buds set on this new growth. In cool climates the tree breaks bud in May but in warm regions buds burst in March. Maple trees then enter a dormant phase. Pruning takes place during this phase, when it will not interfere with bud development and when sap is least likely to ooze from cut branches.
- Arbor Day Foundation: About Growth Rate
- USDA: Conservation Plant Characteristics - Liquidambar styraciflua L. - Sweetgum
- USDA: Conservation Plant Characteristics - Acer saccharinum L. - Silver Maple
- USDA: Conservation Plant Characteristics - Acer rubrum L. - Red Maple
- USDA: Conservation Plant Characteristics - Acer saccharum Marsh. Sugar Maple
- United States Forest Service Silvics Manual Volume 2 - Acer rubrum L. Red Maple by Russell S. Walters and Harry W. Yawney
- United States Forest Service Silvics Manual Volume 2 - Acer saccharum Marsh. Sugar Maple by Richard M. Godman, Harry W. Yawney, and Carl H. Tubbs
- United States Forest Service Silvics Manual Volume 2 - Acer nigrum Michx. f. Black Maple by William J. Gabriel