Sugar Maple

Scientific Name: Acer saccharum




What it is used for?
The Sugar Maple's wood is strong, tough, and fine so it is good to use for furniture, flooring, and used as fuel wood.  The sap from the Sugar Maple is used to make maple syrup.  It is also planted as an ornamental because in the fall the leaves change colors.

***This tree is an angiosperm

  • 1. Needles or Leaves
   A) Needles or overlapping scales……….………….…..……..…………..Go to Step 2
   B) Leaves…………………………….……..…………..………………....Go to Step 7

  • 7. Compound or Simple Leaf
   A) Compound Leaf………………………………………………….……Go to Step 8
   B) Simple Leaf…………………………………………………….…..….Go to Step 9

  • 9. Leaf venation patterns
   A) Leaves with veins branching in a fan shape…………...….Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo)
   B) Leaves with veins branching off a mid-vein or from leaf base……....Go to step 10

  • 10. Leaf venation patterns
   A) Veins branch out from a central point at leaf base (palmate)………...Go to Step 11
   B) Veins branch off a mid-vein in middle of leaf (pinnate)……...…...…Go to Step 15
  • 11. Leaf shape
   A) Leaf cordate (heart-shaped)……………...……………Cercis canadensis (Redbud)
   B) Leaf with 3 or more lobes………………………………………........Go to Step 12
  • 12. Number of Lobes
   A) Leaf with only 3 lobes and often with red petioles……..Acer rubrum (Red Maple)
   B) Leaf with more than 3 lobes………………….………………………Go to Step 13
  • 13. Number of points per lobe
   A) Only 1 point per lobe (star-shaped)……….Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet gum)
   B) 3 or more points per lobe……………………..………………………Go to Step 14
  • 14. Leaf arrangement
   A) Leaves alternate along branch…….…………….Platanus occidentalis (Sycamore)
   B) Leaves opposite along branch………………...……Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple)

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Here is the virtual tour of the Sugar Maple tree!

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