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John Pair' Sugar Maple is excellent in large spaces such as lawns, parks and golf courses. It prefers well-drained moist soil, tolerate most soils and heat, and prefers slightly acidic conditions.

Tree of the Month: ‘John Pair’ Sugar Maple

By Len Phillips, ASLA Emeritus


 


Trade Name: ‘John Pair’ Sugar Maple


Botanical Name: Acer saccharum ‘John Pair’


Common Name: Sugar Maple


Parentage: Sugar Maple selection by Dr. John Pair from a ‘Caddo’ Maple in Oklahoma


Family: Aceraceae


Year of Introduction: 2003


Height: 30 feet


Spread: 30 feet


Form: Rounded shape


Bloom Period: Early spring before leaves


Flower: Greenish-yellow, 1/4-inch long


Fruit: 1-1/2-inch-long samara


Summer Foliage: Glossy green


Autumn Foliage: Red in autumn


Winter Color: Bark provides winter interest


Bark: Brownish-gray color


Habitat: East Coast and U.S. Southeast to Texas


Culture: Prefers well-drained moist soil, tolerate most soils and heat, and prefers slightly acidic conditions


Hardiness Zone*: 5 to 8


Growth Rate: Slow to moderate, average 6 inches new growth per year


Pest Resistance: Leaves eaten by some insects


Storm Resistance: Good


Salt Resistance: Good


 

Photos provided by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.Planting: B&B in early spring is best


Pruning: Do not prune in early spring


Propagating: Budding on species seedling under-stock


Design Uses: Excellent in large spaces such as lawns, parks and golf courses


Companions: Mulch is the best ground cover under maples


Other Comments: Tolerates the heat in the Southeast


Available from: Difficult to find in retail nurseries, look in the largest wholesale nurseries


 


* For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html


 


These are the personal observations of the author, living in New England — Zone 5b. Len Phillips can be reached via email at lenphillips@on-line-seminars.com


 

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