Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple Tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum 'Bailsta'
$345.00
Shipping Summer of 2021
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Get this party started! The Fall Fiesta® Sugar Maple is a celebration of autumn with its jubilant fall foliage display. When the days become crisp and cool, its leaves heat up, turning a brilliant red-orange, like those of the best of the Sugar Maples. It’s an event you’ll look forward to each year. During the rest of the season, Fall Fiesta® will provide welcome shade for picnicking, grilling out, and for all your outdoor get-togethers. Every year this long-lived legacy tree will grow in beauty and stature, becoming more impressive and adding value to your home.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Fall Fiesta® originated as a seedling that outperformed its siblings. Max Lamis of Bailey Nursery in Yamhill, Oregon, raised a crop of Sugar Maple seedlings using seed from the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Fall Fiesta® emerged as superior to its siblings and to other Sugar Maples on the market on several accounts. Most notably, it was found to be a more vigorous grower than other selections, growing as much as two feet per year. The new tree was also discovered to have an especially thick, waxy coating on the leaves, enabling them to hold up better in summer heat and wind. And of course, the fall color was dynamite.

The Details

Cold enough for ya? As its seed source was from Minnesota, it isn’t surprising that Fall Fiesta®Sugar Maple not only handles the heat, but can take the cold as well. The hardy tree is rated to zone 4, which means it tolerates winter lows down to -30°F.

How to Grow

Sugar Maples perform best in cool northern climates, although Fall Fiesta® 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 chips or shredded bark mulch will help keep the roots cool and moist. In most cases, Fall Fiesta® 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 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 60' Tall
Avg Mature Width 45' Wide
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Red/Orange
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 No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen No
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Questions & Answers

Q: How old is a 10-12' Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple?

A: Our 10-12' tall Fall Fiestas are about 5 years old or so at this time! 

Q: Can it be tapped for syrup when they reach the appropriate size?

A: Yes, the Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple can be tapped for syrup when the reach the appropriate age. Technically, you can tap ANY type of Maple in order to process it into maple syrup - you will just receive a multitude of flavors depending on which variety you've tapped! 

Q: At what approximate age would that be?

A: You are not going to want to place a tap on your Tree until it is about 30 years old or it has a diameter of at least 10 inches. A Tree that has a diameter of 10-17 inches should have one tap -- 18-24 inches may have two -- and a Tree that is over 24 inches may have three. One Tree is able to give you about 10-20 gallons of sap! 

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

Size: C

Size C

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Size B Trees:

8-10' tall when delivered with well formed branching. Stem caliper is always around 1 1/2". Branching structure is in place and the tree very rarely requires staking. Total weight is around 80 lbs., one strong young man can get this planted for you.

Size C Trees:

Shipped with a caliper over 2” and balled and burlapped. Limbed up high, well formed branching and structure. Immediate landscape impact.

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Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple Tree