Sugar Maple Tree Facts
- Common Name: Sugar Maple Tree
- Scientific Name: Acer saccharum
- Genus: Acer
- Family: Sapindaceae
- Order: Sapindales
- Distribution: Parts of North America
16 Sugar Maple Tree Facts for Kids
- The sugar maple tree is a medium to large tree species that is a member of the Acer genus.
- The sugar maple tree is one of about 128 species in the Acer genus.
- The scientific species name for the sugar maple tree is Acer saccharum.
- The sugar maple tree is a hardwood deciduous tree, which means it sheds its leaves annually.
- The sugar maple tree is native to the northeastern part of the United States and parts of Canada.
- The sugar maple tree is most well-known for its beautiful leaf colors during the autumn months.
- The sugar maple tree is also known for being the main source of maple syrup products.
- The average length and width of a leaf on a mature sugar maple tree is between 7 and 9 inches.
- As the season changes from summer to fall, sugar maple leaves change into a wide variety of colors.
- The order of the color change for sugar maple leaves is green, yellow, orange, red and finally dark purple.
- The average height of a mature sugar maple tree is between 80 and 115 feet. However, in favorable growing conditions they can reach a height greater than 140 feet.
- The lifespan of a sugar maple tree is estimated to be between 200 and 300 years.
- Sap can begin to be harvested from a sugar maple tree when it reaches between 30 and 40 years old.
- The average sugar maple tree produces around 3 gallons of sap daily and between 9 and 14 gallons per season.
- It takes about 40 gallons of sugar maple tree sap to produce one gallon of pure maple syrup.
- A common myth is the leaf on the Canadian flag is a sugar maple leaf. However, the leaf isn’t a replica of any specific maple leaf species but does closely resemble the leaf of a sugar maple tree.
Pictures of the Sugar Maple Tree
A picture of a sugar maple tree during the autumn months.
A picture of a sugar maple tree in the middle of a field.
A picture of a sugar maple tree and some sap buckets.
Additional Resources on the Sugar Maple Tree
- Sugar Maple Plant Guide – An excellent guide for sugar maple trees on the USDA website.
- About the Sugar Maple – Find more facts and information about the sugar maple tree on the Nebraska Forest Service website.
- Sugar Maple – Britannica – Discover more about the sugar maple tree on the Britannica website.
- Sugar Maple Tree – Wikipedia – Learn more about the sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum) on the Wikipedia website.