Acer Saccharum “Sugar Maple” is native to North America, particularly the hardwood forests of eastern Canada, where it provides not only the inspiration for the Canadian flag (red maple leaf), but is also the primary variety used to produce maple syrup. Acer Saccharum, also known as the “Sugar Maple” or "Rock Maple" is a hardy ornamental tree that is very popular in gardens and landscapes in cold to temperate regions for very good reason. Acer Saccharum “Sugar Maple” provides a stunning display of colour for all seasons. Whilst the plant is deciduous in winter, it quickly follows with a stunning display of glossy dark green foliage in spring and summer followed by the spectacular display or yellow, bronze, orange and red colour in the Autumn. Acer Saccharum “Sugar Maple” is also known for its ornate bark, providing character and charm to many more established gardens. Acer Saccharum “Sugar Maple” is commonly grown in a wide range of soil types ranging from sandy loams through to heavier clays, with established plants able to tolerate relatively extreme soil moisture levels including either swampy or very dry conditions. Like all Maple varieties, Acer Saccharum “Sugar Maple” is also suitable as a bonsai, provided the seeds are germinated in either Jiffy pellets for a shallow compact root system, or in a low-organic matter soil to ensure the plants are not very vigorous. If the young plants are not being started in Jiffy pellets, the tap-root should either be snipped or curled (J-rooted) within the first 8 - 12 weeks of germination, to ensure the plant remains optimally suited for bonsai.
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