The CRESCENDO™ sugar maple was introduced by The Morton Arboretum through Chicagoland® Grows. Its dark green leaves turn an orange-red in the fall. Once established, this tree is tolerant of heat and drought.
This plant is a cultivar of a species that is native to the Chicago region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research. Cultivars are plants produced in cultivation by selective breeding or via vegetative propagation from wild plants identified to have desirable traits.
All Common Names:
- Residential and parks
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area,
- North America
- Shade tree,
- Large tree (more than 40 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily),
- Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Alkaline soil
- Moderately Tolerant
- Commonly planted,
- Intolerant of pollution
- Fall color
Season of Interest:
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
- Game birds,
- Insect pollinators,
- Small mammals,
Tree & Plant Care
Best grown in evenly moist soil. Full sun. Soil should be acidic to slightly alkaline. Tolerant of heat and drought.
Maples are considered 'bleeders' and are best pruned in early winter or during summer.
Disease, pests, and problems
Verticillium wilt (fungus) is a potential problem for maples; no other serious problems for this cultivar.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.
Native geographic location and habitat
This is a cultivated variety of a native species.
Bark color and texture
Bark is dark gray on older trees; ridged and furrowed or sometimes platy.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Leaves in pairs (opposite); 3 to 6 inches long with 3 to 5 lobes. Dark green leaves in summer change to orange-red in fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Flowers are small and inconspicuous. Not ornamentally important.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Fruit are winged seeds in pairs (samaras), about 1 inch long.