Sugar Maple ‘JFS-Caddo2’ FLASH FIRE

Arbor walk #46

This iconic tree is native to much of Eastern North America, where it is a dominant component of hardwood forests from Canada to Missouri.

Name Sugar Maple ‘JFS-Caddo2’
Latin Name Acer saccharum ‘JFS-Caddo2’ FLASH FIRE
Type Native Cultivar. Shade
Diameter 2.25″ caliper
Color of Leaf Dark green turn to orange-red
Shape of Leaf 3-6″ long with 3-5 lobes arranged in pairs
Color of Flower Inconspicuous
Shape of Flower Inconspicuous
Fruit Characteristics Winged seeds in pairs
Bark Characteristics Dark gray, ridged, furrowed, and platet
Foliage Type Deciduous

Loved for its exceptional fall color ranging from brilliant yellow to burnt-orange, the tree is often considered to be responsible for the reputation of New England as the home of vibrant fall color. Native Americans taught early European settlers how to tap this tree to make Maple Syrup, and the resulting multi-billion dollar industry has made its leaf the national symbol of Canada. The FLASH FIRE cultivar features exceptionally vibrant red coloration earlier in the fall, as well as better resistance to summer heat and mildew than the species tree.

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