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Autumn Fest Sugar Maple
Acer saccharum 'JFS-KW8'
Autumn Fest Sugar Maple in fall
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 50 feet
Spread: 35 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Hard Maple, Rock Maple
A majestic shade tree noted for its reliable burnt orange to red early fall color, much more consistent performance than the species; adaptable to soils, but dislikes air pollution and compaction; vigorous, with a good central leader and upright shape
Autumn Fest Sugar Maple has green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn outstanding shades of orange and in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Autumn Fest Sugar Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Autumn Fest Sugar Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Autumn Fest Sugar Maple will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 35 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.