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This Month in the Newton Conservators Almanac

October 2013

 
 
Photo by Beth E. Schroeder

SUGAR MAPLE, Acer saccharum

Sugar maple is the classic New England maple tree. Its five-lobed dark green leaves turn a brilliant yellow, crimson and scarlet color in the fall. Sugar maple grows to be 60 to 80 feet tall. The distinctive sugar maple bark is deeply ridged and furrowed. In April or May, the sugar maple produces small, light-yellow flowers. The sugar maple has a two-winged fruit called a samara. The American robin nests in sugar maple branches. Orioles, wrens and warblers eat insects from sugar maple foliage; chipmunks and squirrels travel through its branches.

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US Department of Agriculture

Wikipedia

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

 

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