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Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Sugar Maple
(Acer saccharum)

Donated by Richard Dale
Tree Map Location: # 186
In Honor of Kearney and Company

Sugar Maple tree in fall Sugar Maple leaf Sugar Maple fruit Sugar Maple twig Sugar Maple bark


Leaf: Opposite, simple and palmately veined, 3 to 6 inches long, 5 delicately rounded lobes, entire margin; green above, paler below.  
Flower: Light yellow-green, small, clustered, hanging from a long, slender (1 to 3 inch) stem, appearing with or slightly before the leaves in early spring.  
Fruit: Two-winged horseshoe-shaped samaras about 1 inch long, appearing in clusters, brown when mature in the fall.  
Twig: Brown, slender and shiny with lighter lenticels; terminal buds brown, very sharp pointed, with tight scales.  
Bark: Variable, but generally brown, on older trees it becomes darker, develops furrows, with long, thick irregular curling outward, firm ridges.  
Form: Medium to tall tree (to 100 feet) with very dense elliptical crown.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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