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ACER saccharum 'Majesty'

Image of Acer saccharum 'Majesty'

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER saccharum 'Majesty'

Plant Common Name

Majesty Sugar Maple, Sugar Maple

General Description

The symmetrical, well-branched canopy of ‘Majesty’ glistens with thick, glossy green leaves that turn red-orange in autumn. This vigorous cultivar develops its full, neat canopy earlier than most and was selected by Roger Ashton of Cambridge, New York in the early 1980s.

Sugar maple is a large, hardy, deciduous tree. It is best known for it broad, five-lobed leaves which turn pretty shades in autumn. Those of ‘Majesty’ are glossy, thick and less apt to tatter. In early spring, the branches are covered with tiny, pendant, light yellow-green flowers that appear before the leaves emerge. These inconspicuous blossoms are primarily wind-pollinated, though a few pollen-dependent insects will visit them early on. The fruits are two-winged samaras that are joined at the head and resemble helicopters as they drop and spiral downward to the ground.

Sugar maples develop the best crown growth in full to partial sun and tolerate a wide range of soil types. They are not as adapted to stressful urban conditions as other maples but will fare well in city yards and parks with ample space for root growth. Soil compaction and root confinement can lead to leaf scorch, leaf drop or stunted, non-uniform growth.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    50'-60' / 15.2m - 18.3m

  • Width

    50'-60' / 15.2m - 18.3m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    North America, United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes