Sugar Maple

  

(Acer saccharum)


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This dense, round/oval maple with nice fall colour and rough, shaggy bark on older trees. It lives long and grows abundantly in Niagara and Ontario. The "Sugar" in its name reflects the quality maple syrup it produces. Strong branches and wood make useful for carpentry and reliable in the landscape.

The "Comfort Maple", located in northern Pelham (in the Niagara region) has been growing since 1500 (over 500 years old), making it the oldest of its kind in Canada. Its leaf is the official symbol of the Canadian flag.

Wood

Strong, heavy and hard. Popular for woodworking or as quality firewood.

Leaves

Medium to dark green with beautiful fall colour. The tips are slightly rounded unlike the Norway Maple (a similar-looking tree).

Twigs & Buds

Wood stems are brown with very sharp brown leaf buds.

Flowers & Fruit

Flowers are green. Keys/samara are in a horseshoe shape.