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Southern Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum, A. barbatum)
This sister of the Bigtooth Maple is found throughout southern gulf states as a large majestic tree. Its yellow/orange to purple fall color is magnificent. The tree is difficult (to impossible) to tell apart from the Bigtooth Maple; the only difference is the rate of growth.
The Sourthern Sugar Maple averages 4' a year growth and forms a tree in ten years or less. The Bigtooth Maple is very slow growing and in 10 years time rarely exceeds 12' in height. Both forms of the maple are equally drought tolerant and have identical fall color. The Southern Sugar Maple is one of our most desirable shade trees.
Young trees needs protection from deer who will relentlessly browse the new growth.