Compact and sturdy when young, the Fall Fiesta® Sugar maple matures to a symmetrical, full-sized tree with thick, dark green foliage. It truly shines in autumn, its leaves turning a brilliant mix of red, orange and yellow color!
Although intolerant of salt spray and compacted soil, the Fall Fiesta® Sugar Maple does well when sited away from roads and areas with heavy soil. Use it as a focal point for fall color or as an accent tree.
Branch crotches provide good cover and nesting value to bird species. Like other Sugar Maples, the Fall Fiesta® Sugar Maple provides habitat for insects which birds will eat. The samaras provide a winter food source for birds as well. Look for Orioles, Wrens, and Warblers.
With its slower growth rate, the Fall Fiesta® Sugar Maple requires structural pruning by a trained arborist every 7-10 years to maintain good form and vigor.
We invite you to check out the Arborist For Hire lookup at the Wisconsin Arborist Association website to find an ISA Certified Arborist near you.
Like other maples, Fall Fiesta® Sugar Maple can be infected by tar spot (Rhystima spp.). This is an ornamental disease and will not kill the tree.
Although no major disease problems have been noted, Fall Fiesta® Sugar Maples can develop Verticillium Wilt, Anthracnose, and Cankers. Leaf Scorch may develop in especially dry conditions. Maintaining tree vigor through proper watering and mulch is the best way to prevent these diseases from damaging the tree.
Scale insects, borers, and aphids can sometimes damage the tree. Keep the tree healthy to prevent these insects from causing heavy damage. If a tree has become infested, contact an arborist to develop a plant health care plan.
Fall Fiesta® Sugar Maple is a Bailey’s Nursery cultivar selected in 1987. Compared to pure Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), Fall Fiesta® Sugar Maple is more vigorous and symmetrical in growth. Its thicker leaves give it good resistance to leaf scorch and make it more heat, wind, and drought tolerant than the species.
The Fall Fiesta® Sugar Maple is a statement on its own, but can also be paired with Musclewood for added fall color and varied texture. Shade-tolerant perennials can also be used to fill out the base, like Hostas, Coralbells, or Geranium.