Enhance your landscape for autumn and tap for syrup with the Sugar Maple Tree. This impressive tree features a graceful form and large leaves that change from verdant green to stunning sunset hues of yellow, orange, and red. When mature, this large tree provides cooling shade during the warm summer months.

Great for tapping syrup, the Sugar Maple Tree has higher sugar content in their sap than other trees, so you get a better yield of syrup from the sap that you collect.

This landscape tree matures to be 50' tall or more and is cold-hardy.

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Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Ripens/Harvest February To Mid-march
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.3
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 50 - 80' tall x 35 - 50' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 35 - 50' apart to ensure room for growth.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow shade trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Elaine M on Apr 9, 2021
My husband and I are going to try and tap trees for syrup
Michele I on Mar 26, 2021
Elaine M on Apr 9, 2021
The maple is my favorite tree. I got 2!
Jessica M on Apr 2, 2021
My husband and I are going to try and tap trees for syrup
Michele I on Mar 26, 2021
Beautiful hardwood tree. When mature, it will help yield sap and also provide wonderful shade and splendor in the fall!
Brent D on Mar 6, 2021
I like maple syrup and will plant more next year.
William S on Mar 1, 2021
Where is my discount, I added the discount code number?
Carol M on Feb 13, 2021
I want to harvest maple syrup someday
Chelsea M on Jan 25, 2021
I'd like to eventually tap them for syrup
Paul F on Jan 12, 2021
It???s beautiful and grows big to be pretty shade tree
NUSRETA B on Aug 31, 2020
Was looking to spice up the colors of our fall landscape and possibly get some maple syrup out of it.
Tessa F on Aug 5, 2020
I always loved this tree always wanted one in my Yard.
K A on Jun 8, 2020
my mother had one and such beautiful color in fall
LINDA R on Jun 7, 2020
For the colors and hardiness
Erick C on Jun 5, 2020
Because of the beautiful leaves.
DALTON B on Jun 3, 2020
Planting them for a border
Becky on Jun 3, 2020
Love the leaf shape and love the fall colors
connie M on May 30, 2020
Beautiful fall color
Don F on May 29, 2020
Wish to tap it when it gets older
shelley s on May 28, 2020
I needed another tree and the price was right!
Gerry H on May 26, 2020
Wanted to try this tree in my family orchard
PATRICIA L on May 25, 2020
I wish to tap it when it gets older
shelley s on May 25, 2020
Sugar maple I planted last year is doing great this year, eventually I can get syrup from it too.
Miss B on May 24, 2020
Wanda C on May 22, 2020
Always wanted one
Cynthia D on May 19, 2020
It's beautiful!
Mary F on May 15, 2020
For shade and also it's beauty. I do not have one on my farm
Diana B on May 15, 2020
Beautiful fall colors. Might come in handy if some day I decide to make maple syrup
Henry on May 4, 2020
Sugar maples are beautiful and productive as syrup providers over time.
Shawndreia D on Mar 26, 2020
Because I want a Sugar maple on my property.
Douglas B on Mar 14, 2020
The color is amazing.
MICHELLE F on Mar 1, 2020
They are beautiful shade trees.
Lyle N on Jan 10, 2020
I want red trees in the fall & I was too late to order this year
DORIS J on Dec 11, 2019
Color, size and shade are some the reasons why I picked this tree. I have one already on my property and it is so wonderful to sit under when the weather is hot. And during the Fall, I love its color!
Barbara A on Apr 23, 2018
Looks like a pretty tree for year round enjoyment
Janet E on Jan 1, 2018
I choose sugar maples for the amazing fall color
Rochelle K on Apr 18, 2017
Love the color of sugar maples in the fall and summer shade.
Alice K on Feb 27, 2017
We plant 1 sugar maple for each grandchild as they arrive
Martha W on Feb 24, 2017
I need a tree to replace a Bradford pear and a red oak. The Sugar maple should be a great replace for two trees. I hope
Scott C on May 6, 2016
We're in Wisconsin so we had to get more Sugar Maples!
Karen A on Apr 12, 2016
Bought 2 of these beautiful for a friend.
Debra B on Mar 13, 2016
The maple is my favorite tree. I got 2!
Jessica M on Apr 2, 2021
Beautiful hardwood tree. When mature, it will help yield sap and also provide wonderful shade and splendor in the fall!
Brent D on Mar 6, 2021
How many years until it can be tapped for syrup?
OrangeBlossom on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: When the trunk is at least 10 inches in diameter, it is mature enough to safely tap. Depending on the environment, this can take many years (think double-digits). Knowing this, the sugar maple tree is often planted for the earlier benefit of fall color and shade, and the later benefit of maple syrup/sugar.
how fast does it grow?
vicki w on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Very slow grower, However, like oak, slow growers are longer living trees. Mine has grown about 6-8" in a year, but I am at 4500' elevation with a short growing season.
How long does it take for a Sugar Maple Tree to mature?
Stephanie C on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! The Sugar Maple will typically take 50-80 years after planting to reach maturity.
I am a Biology major and love sugar maple trees! Is there anything I should add to the soil when planting a new maple tree?
Beth L on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Would have the soil tested before adding anything. If the soil isn't deficient extra fertilizer can stunt the plants growth. If anything I would add compost to the soil for a slow release of nutrients. Hope this helps. Cheers.
Are the maple trees good for making syrup?
Johnny W on Jan 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: My understanding you can make maple syrup from any maple tree and I have. The sugar content is 2x that of other maple trees in sugar maples which means less boiling down. That really does not mean much because most of the hard boiling is driving off water the more concentrated the syrup is. You will have to carry 2x as much sap from a regular maple as a sugar maple for the same amount of syrup. My trees from Strark are growing very well but are still too young to tap so I cannot comment. Hope that helps.
Are there any fast-growing maple trees that do not produce helicopters in the spring?
Keith T on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't know. All of the ones I've had have the seeds.
Is this tree recommended at elevations over 7000?
FeeInCO on Apr 3, 2020
How many years until I can tap a tree for syrup?
Marilyn K on Jan 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: While I am not unhappy with what I received in my order, you should have a realistic expectation. You will get what looks to be a stick with roots. We ordered two and one is thriving 2 years later at about 3.5 feet high. Many years from tapping I would guess.
what is growth rate per year?
Allen K on Apr 22, 2020
These are relatively slow growers. The first year ours maybe grew a few inches, mainly because roots needed to get established. I would expect 8-12 inches of growth a year to begin with. We have light soil that dries out quickly so your soil type will have an effect on growth too. We transplanted a maple from the woods five years ago. It's grown 3-4 feet.
Is it a fast or slow grower?
Mary H on Jan 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Most sugar maples are naturally slow growers. You might be able to accelerate it's growth with extra fertilizer.
what variety is your sugar maple tree?
Frank G on Feb 12, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Genus: Acer, Species: Saccharum and cultivar: Sugar Maple

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
are there instructions on how to plant it?
Holli L on Sep 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes your order will come with a read this first guide in the box. If not I am including our growing guide link which has all growing instructions.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
when could sugar maples be planted here in coastal South Carolina? Would like 2 sugar maples like I had growing up in western Massachusetts.
scott on May 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
We breed dogs and have a dog yard with peastone and want to put some shade in there. Our concern is that the peastone gets very hot in summer and wonder if this will cook the young tree? We can build a box to protect it in early years. Also would dog urine and waste kill it?
Dog lady on Apr 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Sugar maple is small and slow growing, does not do well in heat or harsh environment. You would have to keep the dogs away, mulch and water it for years. I would suggest either a silver maple, which grows fast, or locust, which tolerates heat and poor soil.
What is the size of the maple sugar you are selling ?
Aldo B on Mar 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: When shipped, regular trees are about 3-4' tall and/or with a 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. Or in an Ez start pot which ships 1.5-3 feet tall. When your tree matures, it will be approximately 50 - 80' tall x 35 - 50' wide.
What are the best berry plants for arizona?
John S on May 27, 2020
I have one shipment on order to ship in April can I add to it for the free shipping?d
Bonnie M on Mar 16, 2020
Do all maples produce "helicopters"?
Diane on Mar 3, 2020
I have had my tree for 3 years. Growing OK. But zero sign of fall color. I am in zone 5B, which should be fine. Leaves just drop in the autumn with little to no change in color. Thoughts?
Mitch &. on Sep 27, 2018

Customer Reviews

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Dead tree
Unfortunately, even though my property grows sugar maples well with many in and around it, this sugar maple from Starks never seemed to grow at all. All recommendations were followed, but it was dead within the first growing season.
August 10, 2016
over 6 years ago
All are growing
All three trees are growing...they look a bit weak, but we will see. Only one of the trees had leaves growing out of all of its buds, the rest only had very very little growth.
July 10, 2016
over 4 years ago
2 lived
2 are growing fine, 2 died, 1 looked like it had an experience during packing
May 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Tree in question dead.
I am sorry to report that my Maple tree has not survived. It didn't do very well last year, and this year did not leaf out at all. I am happy to report that the 6 dwarf apple tress have done nicely. They have rust, but that is due to a red cedar about 30 feet away and will be remedied this fall.
June 16, 2017
over 4 years ago
did'nt make it 2 weeks
this bare root tree did not last 2 weeks before it became a dry brittle stick.
February 17, 2018
over 4 years ago
Growing well
The two sugar Maples I received arrived with no leaves I ordered the bare root mid June. they were packaged well. After about 2-3 weeks they now have leaves and are doing well.
June 28, 2018
Sugar maple
Tree came within a week, soaked it in water over night, and then planted it. Within two weeks it started getting leaves. Looks very healthy. Would recommend. I also ordered a dogwood and a rosebud and they're doing good also. Thanks stark bro's....
June 1, 2018
I am a newbie to planting trees
I am a newbie to planting trees and I didn't planet it at the proper time but it's growing like a weed. very good products will order again.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
sugar maple tree
So far it is going great. Ilived through the first winter
August 9, 2016
over 5 years ago
didn't last a year
We ordered 3, followed recommendations for planting and care. We live in Massachusetts and NONE survived a year. Disappointed
January 4, 2020
over 2 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
We appreciate you leaving this review. We are very sorry to learn your Sugar Maples failed to live. Please give us a call or send us an email to so that we can see if they are eligible to be replaced. Your planting success is very important to us!
January 12, 2020
Tabitha R