Uses of the Sugar Maple Tree
One of the best-known North American hardwood trees, sugar maples can grow to heights exceeding 100 feet. A member of the Aceraceae family, sugar maples are also known as hard maples or rock maples.
A valuable hardwood, timber from sugar maples is used for furniture, flooring and general construction. It is also a desirable firewood.
The dense, spreading crown of the sugar maple creates welcome shade. Tolerant of a many soil conditions, varieties can be grown throughout the eastern U.S.
Sugar maples grow approximately 1 foot per year. Their moderately fast growth makes them a desirable landscaping tree.
In the eastern United States, autumn brings an influx of tourists. The bright red leaves of the sugar maple tree draw visitors from around the world.
Maple syrup is an important agricultural export in the northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada. Vermont produces the most maple syrup in the U.S.
After maple sap is boiled and syrup is produced, maple sugar remains. It is used to make candy and as a flavoring agent for maple-flavored products.
Plant A Sugar Maple Tree
Newly planted young sugar maples do best in moderate temperatures and need plenty of time to establish their root systems before the growing season. In the sugar maple's native cold climates, the best time to plant is usually early fall. Sugar maples planted in spring have less time to become established but can still survive. Those planted in the summer tend to suffer from heat and water stress, making this season a poor choice. Avoid planting when the ground is saturated from recent heavy rainfall or if there has been a long drought. Ideally, you should plant a sugar maple shortly before moderate rain is expected. If the forecast suggests a dry period, you might need to artificially irrigate the tree to help it root and stay healthy. If necessary, protect the tree by painting the trunk and newly exposed branches with white latex paint. Bare-rooted trees require more careful handling than container-grown plants.