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Sugar Maple
Acer saccharum

This native of hardwood forests in northeastern North America has five-lobed leaves that turn spectacular shades of bright yellow to fluorescent orange-red in the fall. This species is a major source of sap for maple syrup in Canada; a red Sugar Maple leaf is depicted on the Canadian flag. It is also known as Hard Maple or Rock Maple.

Habitat:Areas with cool, moist climates, wide variety of soils.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree with slow growth rate, up to 37 m.
Bloom Time:Mid-spring.
Longevity:Up to 400 years.
Presence in US:AL AR CT DE GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA ME MI MN MO MS NC ND NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI SD TN VA VT WI WV
Presence in Canada:NB NS ON PE QC
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