The Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) is Canada’s national tree! It grows best in soil conditions that are slightly sandy but rich in organic matter and consistently moist but well-drained. An attractive looking tree that turns brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange in the fall. An excellent producer of sap for maple syrup and sugar. Does not handle drought or heavy pollution very well, and is not suitable for sites with compacted soil. Avoid planting near roads as it does not tolerate high levels of salt in the soil. This tree is quite slow-growing, but matures into a beautiful and sturdy specimen.
FUN FACT: Prior to the introduction of the honey bee (and later refined cane sugar) to North America, the Maple Tree was the main source of sugar of the First Peoples, and later the early settlers.