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Free Images of Sugar Maple Trees 

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Acer saccharum, A. saccharaphorum  is commonly known as the "Sugar Maple" or "Rock, Hard, Bird's Eye, Curly, Head, Sweet Maple, and Sugar Tree".

The Sugar Maple is Canada's national tree as represented on the Canadian flag.  It grows to heights of over 100 feet  (20-35m) with 3 foot (50-150cm) diameter.  This slow growing tree prefers an open area, and has a symmetrical crown.

Leaves are 5-lobed (sometimes 3) with very few large teeth, about 8-20 cm long.  Leaves turn yellow to bright red in autumn.  The division between lobes (sinuses) are rounded.

 

 

Green Sugar Maple leaf clip art PNG

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How to tell the difference between a Sugar Maple vs. a Norway Maple?

In young trees, telling the two species apart can be quite difficult.  The bark of young trees is similar, as are the five lobed leaves.

A horticulturist once explained that there are two main ways to tell the two species of trees apart – look at the leaves and the terminal buds.  The sinuses between the leaf lobes of a Norway Maple [Acer platanoides] is shallower.  In a Sugar Maple [Acer saccharum] the sinuses are deeper and more pronounced. 

Also, quite often, the central leaf lobe of the Sugar Maple is slightly longer in length.  A Norway Maple’s leaf has a “rounder” appearance.  In the fall, there are differences in the foliage colour.  While the leaves of Norway Maples change colours later in the season, they become a uniform pale yellow colour.  Sugar Maples are famous for their brilliant autumn colours or red, orange and yellow.

During the growing season, you might try to remove a leaf and break the stem.  A Norway Maple will ooze a white sap, while a Sugar Maple will not show signs of sap.

The buds at the end of a Norway Maple branch looks “sceptre” like.  It has a large bud at the end of the branch with very small axillary buds nestled beside it.  In a Sugar Maple, there are three, pointed buds at the end of each branch with the middle one being somewhat longer.  The bud method of identification is more accurate.

Trunk identification is difficult when both species are young since they both have smooth grayish brown bark.  In older trees, the bark of the Sugar Maple becomes scaly.  The Norway Maple’s trunk acquires vertical furrows.

 


Sugar Maple


Norway Maple

 

 

Sugar Maple tree deciduous leaves.

Sugar Maple - 1   [Acer saccharum]

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Sugar Maple - 2   [Acer saccharum]

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orange red leaves sugar maple tree

Sugar Maple - 9

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Two orange yellow green Sugar Maple leaves.

Sugar Maple - 10

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Fall autumn Sugar Maple leaves.

Sugar Maple - 11

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Fall Sugar Maple leaf.

Sugar Maple - 12

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Two fall autumn Sugar Maple leaves.

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Maple Syrup Production from Sugar Maples

 

Did you know…

That the maple syrup you enjoy on your pancakes is made from the sugar in the sap of a variety of maple trees?  In the spring, the sugar that was stored in the roots of the tree begins to rise up into the leaves.  Maple trees are “tapped” by drilling holes into their trunks.  A metal spout is inserted from which will slowly drip the sap, usually into a metal bucket hung on the trunk or into plastic tubing.  Maple syrup is made from boiling the sap for long periods of time to boil off the water.  The result is a concentrated, sweet sticky syrup with a wonderful maple flavour that is used for eating, cooking and baking. 

Although several Maple tree species are used to make maple syrup, the Sugar Maple is the preferred tree because it has an average sugar content of two percent - higher than other maple species!  Saps from other trees contain half to two thirds as much sugar.  You may need twice as much sap from another species to yield the same amount of finished syrup!  As well, the syrup made from other saps are darker and less flavourful.

 

 

Sugar Maple tree bark sap tap.

Sugar Maple - 3   Tree bark with hole from sap tapping.

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Sugar Maple Tree tap holes.

Sugar Maple - 4   Tree bark with hole from sap tapping.

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Maple syrup collection bucket Sugar Maple tree.

Sugar Maple - 5   A bucket collecting dripping spring sap.

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The Wonder 
of Trees


 

 

 

"Even if I knew 
that tomorrow 
the world 
would go to pieces, 
I would still plant 
my apple tree."

~ Martin Luther ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I think that I 
shall never see
A poem as lovely
as a tree.

A tree whose hungry 
mouth is pressed,
Against the earth's 
sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks 
at God all day
And lifts her leafy 
arms to pray;

A tree that may 
in Summer wear
A nest of robins
 in her hair;

Upon whose bosom 
snow has lain;
Who intimately 
lives with rain.

Poems are made 
by fools like me,
but only God 
can make a tree."

~ Joyce Kilmer ~
"Trees" 1914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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was 20 years ago.
The next best
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