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Facts about Sugar maple

16 facts about Sugar maple

Canada’s National Tree

Sugar maple is a symbol of Canada. Native to the eastern parts of North America, it is a source of one of the most cherished syrups worldwide.
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The sugar maple, also known as Acer saccharum, is a flowering plant in the family Sapindaceae.
Sapindaceae contains 138 genera, such as lychee or horse chestnut.
2
It is the most common species of all varieties of maples.
There are at least 20 types of maple trees.
3
It is one of the most widespread trees in the eastern parts of North America.
4
Since the 19th century, the maple leaf is present on Canadian flags and coats of arms.
The Canadian flag is one of the most recognizable due to its famous emblem.
5
Sugar maple is a state tree in four American states.
They are New York, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Vermont.
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A typical sugar maple tree grows up to 35 meters.
The tallest recorded sugar maple measures over 38 meters high.
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The oldest sugar maple tree in Canada is the Comfort Maple in Pelham, Ontario.
Its age is estimated at between 446 and 546 years old.
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It is a source of maple syrup.
It is one of the most cherished culinary condiments for pancakes and waffles.
9
The sugar maple tree produces greenish-yellow flowers, blooming in April and May.
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The knowledge of a “tree producing a sweet substance” was introduced to Europeans in 1663 by a British chemist, Robert Boyle.