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Keep in mind when planting large trees like a sugar maple that they might outgrow the available space. These trees, providing they remain in good health, can eventually become spreading giants of 75 feet or more in height…with a spread of 25 feet or more on each side! Such a tree should be planted at least 30 feet from the nearest structure. If too close to a house, it can darken the interior, its leaves can clog gutters, and branches may damage upper windows or the roof.