Silver Maple Tree
The Silver Maple (Acer saccharum) is most brilliant in the fall with it's coat of
bright yellow or orange and accented red leaves.
Sugar Maples can be found growing from the southern tip of Newfoundland all through out the north, New England, and midwestern great lakes area.
It is given it's name due to it's pronounced ability to supply sap, which was used by early American Indians to make sugar and other sweet items.
Commonly the tree will grow from 60 to 80 feet with a trunk from 2 to 3 feet in diameter rarely exceeding 5 feet.
The leaves of the Sugar Maple usually have five long-pointed slightly wavy lobes. They are bright green above, paler below, and measure from 3 to 5 inches
across. At some time between April and June, clusters of greenish yellow flowers on hairy, threadlike stalks appear on the branchlets
and sometimes they are so numerous that the trees seem to be enveloped in a yellowish haze. By midsummer or early autumn the pairs of fruits, or keys,
mature; each pair somewhat resembles a horseshoe in shape.
The wood is very heavy, hard, and strong, and has a fine uniform texture. It is known as 'hard maple'
used frequently for furnature and building.
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