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Black Sugar Maple

Posted by larrylwill (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 24, 09 at 15:48

I bought a Sugar Maple for the front yard this summer, its about 8ft tall. I wanted it for the fall colors. About 1/2 of the leaves have fallen due to wind but the color is only yellow. I put a picture of the leaves in the plant identification forum.
Some one thinks its a Black Maple. From what I have read it could go yellow, red or orange.
Question: Do they turn the same color every year or does it vary from year to year? I really wanted the orange red color.


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RE: Black Sugar Maple

Leaf color will definetly vary from year to year, more particularly so in the first few years after transplanting.

Mature trees(10+ years in the ground) almost always sure stronger, longer lasting fall colors then newly planted trees.

Trees really do get better with age.


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RE: Black Sugar Maple

Seedling trees do vary, some are better looking than others, just like people.

The Sugar maples in my area turn a warm nice yellowish with a hint of deeper color usually. Named clones should be more consistant.


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RE: Black Sugar Maple

  • Posted by picea 6A Cinci- Oh (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 8, 09 at 23:17

I have a tree that I was sure was a sugar maple but colored an OK yellow at best. I had someone take a look look at it and they though it might be a black maple also. The local sugar maple generally have great color in contrast to my tree. If you are purchasing a maple for its fall color my advice would be to purchase it when it is in fall color or to purchase a named cultivar known for great fall color.


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