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October Flora Spotlight:
Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple
Acer saccharum

With the cooler temperatures in October, we benefit from the real reason we plant Sugar Maples in our landscape - the luminous shades of yellow to orange and red. These trees prefer fertile and moist but well-drained soils and grow from 50 to 75 feet tall. The bark is light grey in young specimens and very dark and layered in older specimens. All maples produce helicopter-like paired seeds to assist with dispersal from the parent plant. Maple wood is prized for furniture-making, and the sap of the tree is used in making syrup. The seeds are a good source of food for squirrels and other small mammals. 

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