Sugar Maple
Family: Aceraceae (View Members of Aceraceae)

Genus and Species: Acer saccharum

Leaves: The leaves are 3-5" (7.5-13cm) in width and length and are opposite, as are all maple leaves. (View Measured Leaf) They have five lobes that are long, pointed and have random long-pointed teeth. The stalks are long and usually have hair. The top side of the leaf is dull dark green and the bottom side is paler and hairy. (View Leaves) They appear very similar to the Norway Maple, but do not reveal a milky sap when the stalks are broken.

Bark: The bark is gray (but do not have a diamond-pattern), is rough and has scaly ridges. (View Bark) The twigs are slender and are green and brown.

Fruit: The keys have sharply curved wings and are 1-1.5" (2.5-4cm) long. They are paired and forked.

Tree: The tree is 70-100' (21-30m) tall and provides a large, rounded crown (similar to that of a Norway Maple), as pictured to the left. The Sugar Maple is known for the sap that is usually taken to produce Maple Syrup.

Range and Habitat: The Sugar Maple is found from Manitoba east to Nova Scotia, south to North Carolina, and west to Kansas. Commonly found in moist areas.

Sugar Maple Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 9/30/02)
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