Sugar Maples in Central Texas??

Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)April 19, 2013

Can anyone tell me if Sugar Maples grow well in Central Texas. Just because the zone says they will doesn't mean that they handle our alkaline soil, heat, and drought. I also realize that they might have a chilling requirement of so many hours which might exceed our typical winter.

I'm hoping that someone can enlighten me.
Xtal

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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Metro Maples in Ft. Worth is the expert on growing maples in Texas and I didn't see sugar maples on their list.

Check out their website for maples that do grow in your area.

Here is a link that might be useful: Metro Maples

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 3:26PM
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Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)

Thanks for this info. After I posted, I found a map showing the native range of Sugar Maples.

Xtal

Here is a link that might be useful: Sugar Maples native range

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 3:36PM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

You'd have to be more specific of which sugar maple can be grown.

Here is a list -

Caddo Sugar maple from Oklahoma. - http://www.soonerplantfarm.com/plant/maple-sugar-caddo/
Mexican Sugar Maple - http://sfagardens.sfasu.edu/images/stories/PDF/acer%20skutchii%20-web.pdf
Texas native sugar Maple - Bigtooth Maple - http://www.lovecreeknursery.com/Maple%20Colors.html

Sugar Maple from the east will not do well in central Texas.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 4:10PM
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texasflip(Nacogdoches, TX z8)

(Don't forget southern sugar maple (Acer floridanum) which grows all over east Texas and chalk maple (Acer leucoderme) which looks essentially the same and is also native to east Texas)

The southwestern variety of bigtooth maple (Acer gradidentatum var sinuosum) is native to central Texas and naturally grows in limestone canyons. It looks a lot like sugar maple and is probably your best bet.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 4:37PM
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eahamel(9a)

The sugar maples that will grow here aren't the same ones that grow up north. The ones up north won't produce the sweet sap here because of the heat.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 10:29PM
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Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)

Thanks for all your responses. Instinctively, I knew this... but just has to confirm it.

I knew my Gardenweb buds could answer my question.
Xtal

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 9:27AM
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