Acer saccharum 'John Pair'
Common name: 
John Pair Sugar Maple
A-ser sak-KAR-um
Sapindaceae, Aceraceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf, deciduous tree, of medium size, compact, to 25-30 ft (7.6-9 m) tall and wide. Leaves opposite, simple, glossy green, deeply lobed, leathery, resistant to leaf tatter in windy areas, early red coloring in fall.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5            A selection by Dr. John C. Pair of the Kansas State University Research Center, Wichita,  The center was renamed in honor of him in 1998 as the John C. Pair Center. The ‘John Pair’ tree is a seedling selection of Caddo Maple, a disjunct population of Acer saccharum found in Oklahoma and known for its heat and drought tolerance. The selection was evaluated for 20 years.
  • Full sun, average water requirements, but drought and heat tolerant 
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • leaves and fruit cluster

    leaves and fruit cluster