Audubon® Sugar Maple
Shipping Autumn of 2021
A favorite of leaf-peepers and nature-lovers across the Northeast, Sugar Maple benefits backyard birds as well. In autumn, this exquisite native shade tree draws in tourists with its fiery colors, but throughout the year it attracts birds with its more subtle charms. Flycatchers and vireos nest in the safety of its branches. Finches and grosbeaks feed on its seeds, buds, and flowers. Warblers and tanagers dine on caterpillars they find munching on its leaves. And woodpeckers peck on Sugar Maple’s soft bark to extract insects hiding inside. A welcoming tree for all!
May Benefit & Attract: Flycatchers, vireos, finches, grosbeaks, tanagers, and warblers
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
Size B (8-9' tall) container grown
Size C (9-10' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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Recommended by Our Growers
A majestic native tree cherished for its magnificent fall color and handsome form—not to mention as the source of maple syrup—the Sugar Maple Tree has a special place in nearly every Northerner’s heart. (This is also the leaf on the Canadian flag.) It ranges from eastern Canada down to much of the eastern U.S., flourishing where summers are cool. A climax species, Sugar Maple bides its time in the shade of other trees until it can take advantage of a break in the canopy and assume its place in the upper ranks of the forest. It can live 300 to 400 years.
Sugar Maple flowers make a lovely show in April. The delicate chartreuse blossoms dangle from every branch tip and glow in the soft spring sunlight. The flowers are mostly wind-pollinated, but bees do gather the pollen.
How to Grow
Sugar Maple performs best in cool northern climates; it will be slower-growing and its fall color will be more of a yellow-orange in the South. Plant this regal tree in full sun to light shade in rich, well-drained soil and water regularly. A layer of wood or bark mulch will help keep the roots cool and moist. In most cases, Sugar Maple is not a great tree for the city, but in rural and suburban neighborhoods, where the tree can stretch out its roots and isn’t bothered by pollution, it is stellar.
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Size B Trees:
8-9' tall, grown and delivered in a container. One strong person can pick this tree up although two would make it easier. A truck or trailer will be needed to bring this fantastic native maple home.
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