November 2004
Sugar Maple
I was sure this tree was dead soon after I planted it. I was wrong.

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Sugar Maple
Journal
Growth Chart
Detailed Facts
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Facts at a Glance
Acer saccharum

Planted March 1999
Planting height: 14'
Planting trunk: 2"

2006 Update
7-yr height: 32'
7-yr trunk: 21"

Mature Height: 40 to 50'
Spread: 75 to 100'
Growth rate: Slow
Form: Broad, round
Flowers: Yellow, in spring
Fall color: Orange-yellow
Hardiness zone: 3 - 8
Culture: Sun, light shade

Best feature:
Fall color, not messy

Worst problem:
None known

Do over? Yes

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Beauty of Fall in the Eye of the Beholder

Out with Star Wars, in With Pirates!

A Nursery Owner Teaches Me Patience

On Growing, and Growing Taller

UPDATE: Lego People Have Colonized Base Sugar Maple!

Invasion of the Lego Star Wars People!

Sugar Maple Ain't Dead Yet

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Sugar Maple

SUGAR MAPLE JOURNAL

Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver

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Aug. 5, 2006: After the exodus of the Lego people, the tree ties Bradley had put around the tree to hold up the stands were removed just in time to prevent deadly tree choking. (I left the loose one. Don't yet know why.)

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Invasion! The Lego Star Wars people have taken over the sugar maple! Call the tree police!

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In the meantime, he, Gregory and neighborhood kids are enjoying playing
in her shade.

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I wonder when these brand new
sugar maple samaras
will take flight?
Stay tuned . . .

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May 2006: Bradley knows he will have to remove the ties soon or else risk girdling the tree's trunk.

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April 16 2006: This is the first year of sugar maple flowers!

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May 25, 2006: And the first year of sugar maple seeds!

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In summer of 2005, I marked a branch on my sugar maple with a piece of twine. I took pictures occasionally through the summer, but the branch always looked the same, pretty much like it looked in the first picture below. Click on a picture to see it full size. See also the first QuickTime movie I ever made: Sugar Maple in Fall.

May 25, 2006: My sugar maple is showing signs of anthracnose. I'll need to rake the leaves and dispose of them in fall. I'll never be able to get them all.

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Oct. 17, 2005
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Nov. 12
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Nov. 13, 1:40 p.m.
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Nov. 13, 3:50 p.m.

In spring of 2006, that twine was still there. I thought I'd take another look . . .

 

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March 30, 2006
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April 13
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April 16

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April 17
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April 23
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April 28

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April 10, 2005: The line separating last year's growth from this year's is pretty clear. (In the background, a mature red maple in full flower, and a Bradford pear.)

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May 1999: When this tree was first planted here, its leaves were small, indicating major transplant stress. I called the nursey, hoping I'd get a new, healthy tree, and the nursery owner came to my house to see for himself, not once, but twice! Both times, he assured me that the tree was fine and would have normal size leaves in the future.

He was right.

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May 2004: The bark of this young sugar maple will change as it matures.

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I love to watch baby leaves emerging. Above, April 2004. Below, May 2004: As leaves emerge near the top of the tree, they are tinged orange! (I was standing on a really tall ladder to take the picture.)

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See Julie's Sugar Maple growth chart
For Julie's detailed comments, see the Sugar Maple facts page
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