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Bonfire Sugar Maple*

Acer saccharum 'Bonfire'

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Bonfire Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum 'Bonfire') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer saccharum 'Bonfire'

Acer saccharum 'Bonfire'

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Bonfire Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum 'Bonfire') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer saccharum 'Bonfire' in fall

Acer saccharum 'Bonfire' in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Bonfire Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum 'Bonfire') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer saccharum 'Bonfire' in fall

Acer saccharum 'Bonfire' in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  35 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Hard Maple, Rock Maple

Description:

A stunning shade or accent tree with a consistent mix of deep orange and red fall colors, a strong grower for larger yards; adaptable to various soils, but dislikes air pollution and compaction

Ornamental Features

Bonfire Sugar Maple has green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn outstanding shades of orange and crimson in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Bonfire 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.

Bonfire Sugar Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Bonfire 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 medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

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.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Fall Color 
Ornamental Features
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