Sugar Maple Tree

Sugar Maple Tree

The Sugar Maple Tree is one of the most common trees in the maple family of more than 200 species.

They are most often found in northern North America and have been known to grow up to 130 feet tall in the woods.

The maples are a very symmetrical deciduous tree with nice dense foliage.

The bright colors in the Autumn also make them very easy to identify in the woods.

The Sugar Maple is known for its sweet sap that is harvested for syrup. Once the trees are at least 12 inches in diameter, they can be tapped for syrup. This is done in the North Mid-Atlantic states and Canada.

Each maple tree can produce 10-12 gallons of sap annually. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup.

The Maple tree has become the icon for Canada whose leaf appears on their flag and syrup in every gift shop.

While maple trees can be found throughout North America, the sugar maple is predominately found in the New England States, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Southeastern Canada.

Sugar Maple Facts

Scientific Name: Acer Saccharum
Region: North America
Height: 50-80 feet
Spread: 35-50 feet
Leaf Length & Color: 4-8 inches, green
Fall Leaf Color: Red; Orange; Yellow
Unique Characteristics: Has a very distinct helicopter seed; nice symmetry;
Fall leaves are vibrant fiery colors that are very appealing.

The maple tree can be one of the taller trees in the forest. Some larger trees have been known to grow as tall as 130 feet with a trunk diameter of over 3 feet.

In the spring, you campers will have fun with the unique helicopter seeds, and in the Fall all will marvel at its showy leaf colors.

It’s the source of our tasty syrup and the beauty pageant winner of the fall foliage landscape.