Fall Fiesta® Sugar Maple
Botanical Name: Acer saccharum ‘Bailsta’
The Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple is a deciduous sugar maple. It grows to a height of 40-50 feet with a 40 feet spread. It is a handsome tree that is prized for its spectacular fall display. Fall Fiesta has an upright growth habit and a symmetrically rounded crown. This makes it perfect for planting as a shade tree in a park or a large residential landscape. It has a high crown clearance and should not be planted under power lines due to its stature.
This maple develops small, insignificant yellow-green flowers in April. These are followed by two-winged samaras. The leathery, dark green, glossy leaves create an attractive canopy in the spring and summer. This cultivar is resistant to leaf tatter and leafhopper damage due to their density. The Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple is also known as Acer saccharum ‘Bailsta.’ ‘Fall Fiesta’ refers to the multiple fall colors displayed – vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds.
Acer saccharum ‘Bailsta’ is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution and will make a good street tree if the roads are not salted in winter. Planting in compacted soil should be avoided, as this could encourage Verticillium Wilt to develop. This tree attracts wildlife. Birds will eat insects they find living in the tree and will also feed on the samaras in winter.
Height: 40 ft.
Width: 35 ft.
Flower Color: Yellow-Green
Flowering Time: April
Fall Color: Bright Red, Orange, Yellow
Features: Dramatic fall color, handsome deep green glossy leaves in spring and summer
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Watering: Moderate & Regular
Soil: Prefers rich soils with average moisture - the soil shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. Not particular about soil pH. Avoid planting in compacted soil.
Growth Rate: Slow-Moderate
USDA Zones: 3-8
Uses: Specimen tree, shade tree, street tree, lawn tree, highway plantings, park tree
Similar trees: Acer saccharum ‘Green Mountain’