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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' in fall

Acer saccharum 'Bonfire' in fall

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Height: 50 feet

Spread: 35 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone: 4a

Other Names: Hard Maple, Rock Maple


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 an outstanding orange in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The furrowed gray bark is not particularly outstanding.

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;

  • Shade
  • Accent

Plant Characteristics:

Bonfire Sugar Maple will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 35 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 8 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. 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

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