Acer saccharum 'Commemoration'

Commemoration® Sugar Maple


Commemoration Sugar Maple is a long-living native deciduous tree with a dense broad oval crown and palmate foliage that turns a outstanding shades of burnt orange, copper-bronze, and red in fall.  Neither flowers or fruit is significant.  Best color in full sun and rich, moist, slightly acidic well-drained soils.  Intolerant of pollution and road salt.  Commemoration has improved resistance to leaf tatter.




40' - 50'


30' - 40'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 8


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MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Medium maintenance.  Water regularly.  Susceptible to verticillium wilt, anthracnose, cankers, leaf spot, and tar spot.  Also susceptible to aphids, borers, and scale.  Leaf scorch may be a problem with drought conditions in full sun.

LANDSCAPE USES: Group Plantings or Specimen Tree, Naturalized AreasWoodland GardensPrivacy Screenand Shade Tree

COMPANION PLANTS: Carex, St. John's Wort, Inland Sea Oats

IMAGES: Justin A. WilcoxTimber Ridge Christian Church High View WV 2009 07 19 01CC BY-SA 3.0, (2) Famartin2020-10-22 13 14 26 A Sugar Maple changing color in autumn along Brightfield Lane in the Franklin Farm section of Oak Hill, Fairfax County, VirginiaCC BY-SA 4.0, (3) Photo by David J. Stang, Acer saccharum Commemoration 3zzCC BY-SA 4.0, (4) Photo by David J. Stang, Acer saccharum Commemoration 2zzCC BY-SA 4.0 

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.