Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum Soapberry Family (Sapindaceae)

Sugar maple, with its beautiful form and brilliant, multicolored display of fall color, is a popular shade tree in eastern North America.1
A stylized sugar maple leaf, which is Canada’s national symbol, truly reflects its value.1
Sugar maple is best known for its outstanding fall color that is so characteristic of New England states.1
The strength of this wood is reflected in the genus name, Acer (Latin for sharp), referring to ancient Rome’s use of maple to make handles for spears; saccharum is the Latin word for sugar and refers to the high sugar content in this species’ sap.1
Sugar maple is also valued for the production of maple syrup.1
Sugar Maple Trees have leaves with smooth margins and the indentation between the lobes of sugar maple leaves is U shaped with a rounded base.2