Hardiness: USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Inconspicuous/none
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage: Grown for foliage Deciduous Good Fall Color
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Propagation Methods: From woody stem cuttings From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; direct sow after last frost By grafting By budding
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Nov 21, 2009, janlark from Auburndale, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Found a 24-inch volunteer sticking out of some Indian hawthorne, probably the gift of a bird. Will try to transplant it to a sunny area at the end of an ornamental dry streambed. There's a large Muskogee crape myrtle at the other end. Hope to post a positive follow-up report with photo next autumn.
On Jan 13, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
They are happier with alot of water. Mine is doing well in my regular Florida sand. Last year we had a spring drought and lost all the leaves, turned bright yellow as if it was winter coming. When the rains came it grew new leaves and I decided to amend the soil in case that happens again. One planted in the shade of a pine tree gets red/ orange fall colors. One planted in full sun gets bright yellow colors.
On Jan 12, 2006, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:
I have found these trees to look much better when given some afternoon shade. I had one planted in full sun and it always looked scorched. I moved it beneath a larger tree and it started looking and growing better. I think they are naturally slow growers though. The fall color is a nice orange-red.
On Aug 28, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Sugar maple is most abundant on moist rich soils on slopes and ridges, where it grows in mixed hardwood forests. There are several regional sub-species some of which may be considered separate species by some authorities. It does not tolerate heat nor air pollution well.
Some neat tidbits: It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup using sugar maple sap (which is collected in the spring) - and - charcoal made from sugar maple is used to "mellow" Jack Daniels® whiskey.
On Jan 6, 2002, Copperbaron from Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:
The southern sugar maple, or Florida maple, is found in the middle south, lower south, and coastal south. It is native to Virginia south to Florida and west to Oklahoma and Texas. It grows to 25-30'. It is a great tree for fall color usually turning bright yellow with an occasional orange/red tint. It is similar to Acer saccharum, but is smaller, has smaller leaves, paler bark, a more open habit of growth, and is better adapted to the low, wet coastal plains of the South. Generally an understory tree. Worthy of cultivation for reliable yellow fall color in the South.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Atmore, Alabama New Market, Alabama Black Diamond, Florida Campbell, Florida Cheval, Florida Fruitville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Trenton, Florida Moultrie, Georgia Carriere, Mississippi Spartanburg, South Carolina Dalworthington Gardens, Texas