The Maple tree, also known as the Japanese maple tree or the sugar maple tree, is one of the most beautiful and most desirable garden trees which exist. During the fall, the tree is such a sight to look at, and it is most likely to garner the interest of people that any other tree. Some of these trees grow up to twenty feet or more in height while others remain as shrubs not growing more than five feet for a long time.
They may be upright in structure, cascading, having green or red leaves as well as the beautiful color during the fall. During the spring they may develop remarkable colors on their leaves. There are a wide variety of maple trees; there are those with red or purple leaves all throughout the summer, and they, at most times, bring a certain uniqueness to any garden.
The sugar maple tree has a reputation of having difficult growth, but that is not normally the case. If the location in the garden and the type of soil are conducive, and a keen attention paid to it, then it can comfortably grow and thrive properly. They have very few pest and diseases problems, and they can thrive in full sunlight glare or in the shade
While it is commercially grown for its delicious syrup, as the name sugar maple suggests, and its lumber, it makes a very suitable addition to any garden or yard. The Maple tree is considered both a shade tree and an ornamental tree. It features a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight and adds visual interest and beauty to landscaping. It usually grows to a height of 60-70 and a width of about 40-50 ft. at maturity.
For it to have a remarkable growth, the sugar maple grows in deep well-drained, acidic to slightly alkaline soil. It prefers moist soil conditions but has moderate drought tolerance.
- Has an excellent shade due to its dense crown.
- Produces a small, greenish-yellow flowers in groups that curve downward on long, delicate stems while blooming.
- It normally grows in a round or oval shape.
- It normally yields a pair of winged seeds and they are produced annually.
- The bark on young trees is dark grey but as the tree continues to age, the bark will more often than not develop rough vertical grooves and ridges and may appear dark brown.
The sugar maple is very sensitive to high sodium levels in the soil. This makes it susceptible to significant injury if salt is added to the soil surface especially to thaw the ice. Salt enters the roots and accumulates throughout the tree. When the soil moisture levels decrease, the high salt concentration in the tissues causes the death of many twigs.
Products derived from sugar maple tree are common in households throughout the country. The maple syrup is also very important to the sugar industry. It is also used in homes for aesthetic value. They can be planted as hedges which act as barriers and privacy screens.
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