Saturday, March 10, 2007

Identifying Maple Trees

Sugar Maple bark, fruit, leaf and twig

There are thirteen native maple species in North America, according to the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association.

While most of these species are probably tapped to some extent, at least by hobbyists, sugar and black maple, along with red maple (Acer rubrum), provide most of the commercial sap.

The association has an online guide to help you figure out which trees to tap (that's where the illustration came from).

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