Maple Tree Facts

  • Maples are a huge group of trees that belong to the Acer family.
  • Maples grow all over the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, especially in China.
  • Many maple tree leaves turn brilliant shades of red in autumn.
  • Several North American maple trees, including the sugar maple and the black maple, produce maple syrup.
  • Maple syrup is ‘sweet-water’ sap. This is different from ordinary sap and flows from wounds during times of thaws when the tree is not growing. Syrup is collected between mid January and mid April.
  • Maple syrup was used by the Native Americans of the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River regions long before Europeans arrived in North America.
  • About 30 liters of sap give 1 liter of maple syrup.
  • The fiery red leaves of the Japanese maple make it a popular ornamental tree for small gardens.
  • The leaf of the sugar maple tree is Canada’s national symbol.
  • Many small maples are grown as garden plants. Japanese maples have been carefully bred over the centuries to give all kinds of varieties with different leaf shapes and colors.
  • The red maple is planted in many North American cities for its brilliant red autumn leaves.