inconspicuous blooms in early spring
up to 30 ft.
to 25 ft.
USDA zone 5-8
hardy to 6,500 ft.
Caddo maple is a medium sized tree with a strong central leader and oval form. This ecotype of sugar maple was discovered in southwest Oklahoma where hot, dry summers are common. Its dark green leaves are thicker than most other maples which reduces scorching in heat and tattering in the wind.
It has excellent fall color - shades of yellow to bright orange.
There is one caddo maple growing in a low water zone at the Xeriscape Garden. Initially planted to test its winter hardiness, it has survived for more than 10 years. It has been a fairly slow grower. Its best attribute has been the striking orange fall color of the leaves.
Colorado arborists report that it may need a protected site to successfully survive over the winter.
Prune when young to develop a structurally strong tree. Prune out any dead or damaged wood as needed