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|Species: Acer saccharum|
The bark is a dark brown to grey color with a furrowed and blocky texture. The leaves are opposite and simple and 2-8" in width. The fruit is a 1 1/4" paired seed with wings. Leaf stems can be broken to reveal a clear sap.
Habitat & Range
The sugar maple is found thorughout the Northeastern and Midwest United States with their range reaching into Canada. They prefer deep well drained soils and partial to full sunlight. They are not tolerant to salt, extreame heat, or drought. For this reason, Norway maple is often planted as a substitute in urban environments.
Sugar maples bloom in April and May, and produce a familiar winged seed for fruit.
Featured image by James Dake