Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum

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  • Sugar Maple | Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) fall foliage. Photo: Virens
  • Sugar Maple | Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) fall foliage. Photo: Virens
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Basic Information

Order

Sapindales

Family

Sapindaceae

Size

80 - 115 ft

Leaf Color

Green, Orange then Red Fall Foliage

Leaf Arrangement

Opposite

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Leaf Shape

Palmately Lobed

Blooming Season

Spring

Bloom Color

Yellow, Green Brown

Attracts

Birds

Can I eat Sugar Maple?

Sugar Maples are responsible for maple syrup. Its sap has twice the sugar content of other maples.

Sugar Maple Habitat

Sugar Maples (Acer saccharum) grow best in rich, moist well draining soil. They are susceptible to leaf scorch, so look for them in shady environments.

Sugar Maple Facts

Sugar Maples (Acer saccharum) are beautiful large trees with brilliant fall foliage that ranges from orange to bright red. Its sap is harvested commercially and turned into maple syrup. Each tree yields 5 to 60 gallons of sap per year. It takes roughly 32 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Its wood is hard and is often used for furniture. Its wood sometimes shows unique patterns such as “birdseye” or “curly.” It is not known what causes this to happen. It is known however that wood workers prize such patterns.

Sugar Maple Distribution



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