The sugar maple is a large spreading tree that is good for the yard or in certain cases in windbreaks. This tree is native in Zone 4-8, and can survive in almost total shade when small, waiting for a chance to grow if it can get some sunlight. It grows best in a well drained soil on a north slope. It will not do well in clay soils or soil that has been compacted by new construction. It is very sensitive to being planted too deep so this is very important if planting this tree. The bark on smaller trees is subject to sunscald during the winter when planted in the open.
If wanting to plant this tree be well aware of the problems with soils and planting depth. Its beauty in the fall makes it a favorite plant, and it wood is very strong If used as a yard tree, can be very nice but does have a heavy leaf drop so will take lots of raking in the fall.
Should not be used in any windbreak which also has evergreen trees, as with the large seed population in the fall, and being able to grow in the shade you will have large number (thousands) of these trees growing under and threw your evergreens eventually shading them out if not removed.
For a deciduous windbreak recommend putting with other species and space them 12-20 ft part in a single row. If wanting to use deciduous trees for a windbreak contact us on what is currently working best for your situation.
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