Commemoration Sugar Maple Leaf
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Commemoration Sugar Maple Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4
  • Spacing: 40-60'
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Commemoration Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum ‘Commemoration’

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Commemoration® Sugar Maple is a fast-growing shade tree that will provide a blazing orange backdrop to backyard touch football games, autumn grill outs, and s’mores by the fire pit. Planted in your front yard, its brilliant orange fall foliage will stop leaf-peepers in their tracks as they pass by. The aptly named Commemoration® Sugar Maple is also a wonderful legacy tree to plant in honor of a loved one. This long-lived tree is strong and rugged, yet lovely in all seasons, and it will stand tall and proud for generations to come.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4
  • Spacing: 40-60'
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

A majestic native tree cherished for its magnificent fall color and handsome formnot to mention as the source of maple syrupthe Sugar Maple Tree has a special place in nearly every northerner’s heart. (This is also the leaf on the Canadian flag.) The Commemoration® Sugar Maple was selected by the late Willet “Bill” Wandell of Champaign, Illinois from a crop of seedlings at his nursery. The tree stood out right away, he said, because it grew five feet the first year, and it continued to grow twice as fast as other Sugar Maples. It was introduced in the early 1980s and continues to be one of the finest selections on the market.

The Details

Wandell’s new tree was also an early standout because of its remarkably thick, dark, waxy leaves. The leathery quality of the leaves helps them hold up better in the elements; they’re less likely to scorch in very hot summers or to tatter in windy locations. Wandell noted thatCommemoration® Sugar Maple begins to turn color (orange with hints of red and pink) 10 to 14 days before most other Sugar Maples and manages to hold its color after most others havedropped their foliage.

How to Grow

Sugar Maples perform best in cool northern climates, although Commemoration® is more forgiving than most of heat and humidity. It will be slower growing and have more of a yellow-orange fall color 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, Commemoration® is not a great tree for the city, but in suburban and neighborhoods where the tree can stretch out its roots and isn’t bothered by pollution, it is stellar.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone
Exposure Sun
Avg Mature Height 60-80'
Avg Mature Width 40-50'
Spacing 40-60'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow/Orange/Red
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

8-10' Tall. This tree is well pruned and will make a fantastic addition to any landscape. Grown in our #15 tree container.

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Commemoration Sugar Maple Leaf