SUGAR MAPLE (ACER SACCHARUM)
This is the maple species most frequently tapped for maple syrup. It is also known as “hard maple” due to its dense, hard wood, making it a favored firewood. It is one of a small number of large trees that grows well in the shade. This is one of the most handsome maples, with bright green leaves that turn yellow to orange or scarlet in the fall. It is round-headed and native to Minnesota. It is widely used for ornamental and street plantings. Sugar maples require a moist, rich, deep soil. Grows slowly at first then grows at a moderate rate after established. Grows to 60-80 feet. Prefers loams and clay loams. FULL SUN TO SHADE.